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We found 7 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Aetna Leap near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Prithvi Narayan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prithvi Narayan is a neurosurgeon in Yardley, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Narayan speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narayan include hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. He is affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Narayan has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Narayan takes Coventry, Healthfirst, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Spinal Cord Tumor, Spasticity, Brain ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her areas of expertise consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moldenhauer honors. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Dr. Moldenhauer has received the following distinctions: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In Dr. Khalek's practice, she is particularly interested in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a neurosurgeon. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Storm is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In his practice, Dr. Johnson focuses on hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Johnson has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen is a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among Dr. Chen's clinical interests: stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. She accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen include: Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery - University of Pennsylvania; Fellowship grant CP Angle Endoscopic - Microvascular Decompression - Karl Storz; and Enfolded Fellowship in endoscopic skull base neurosurgery - University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Aneurysm, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Stroke, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Heuer is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.