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

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

Dr. Prithvi Narayan works as a neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy, and spina bifida. Patient ratings for Dr. Narayan average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, Healthfirst, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Narayan attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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

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

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Clinical interests for Dr. Moldenhauer include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Moldenhauer honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital's residency program. She has received distinctions including 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. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Storm has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Storm is professionally 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. Nahla Khalek, MPH, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She works in Philadelphia, PA. She has a special interest in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Khalek attended New York Medical College for medical school. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks 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

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

Dr. Mark Johnson is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He works in Philadelphia, PA. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Johnson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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

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

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

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

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen is a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Chen's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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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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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