We found 6 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Coventry HMO 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 is a neurosurgeon. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Storm honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

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

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Her medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chen has received distinctions including 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's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In addition to English, Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. Dr. Khalek's areas of clinical interest consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She attended medical school at New York Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Khalek completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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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 is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. Dr. Moldenhauer's areas of clinical interest consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moldenhauer honors. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Moldenhauer include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America. She is professionally 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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Heuer takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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 physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In his practice, Dr. Johnson focuses on hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Johnson accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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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