We found 6 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Aetna Leap near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Storm studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Storm accepts. He 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)

Dr. Shih-Shan Lang Lang, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her residency. Her clinical interests encompass stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is in-network for 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. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

Dr. Nahla Khalek, MPH, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek is a perinatologist in Philadelphia, PA. She attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Her clinical interests include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Khalek honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalek (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. Dr. Khalek is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Julie Suzanne Moldenhauer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Clinical interests for Dr. Moldenhauer include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Moldenhauer completed a residency program at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Her distinctions include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Moldenhauer is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gregory G Heuer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer is a neurosurgery specialist. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Heuer attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark P Johnson, MS, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Johnson is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. In his practice, Dr. Johnson focuses on hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Johnson performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Johnson has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He 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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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.

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