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

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

Dr. Prithvi Narayan is a specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narayan include hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Narayan is an in-network provider for Coventry, Healthfirst, United Healthcare POS, and more. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Narayan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, Dr. Narayan speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Spasticity

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

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Before performing her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Moldenhauer attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Moldenhauer focuses on hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received distinctions including 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

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

Dr. Nahla Khalek's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She studied medicine at New York Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khalek's areas of expertise consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Khalek takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. She is 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 specializes in neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Storm is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Storm is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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 is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

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

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

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen's area of specialization is neurosurgery. In her practice, Dr. Chen focuses on stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. For her professional training, Dr. Chen completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 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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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Aneurysm, Arteriovenous Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Spine Problems, Stroke, Vascular Malformations

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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.