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

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

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer is a perinatologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Moldenhauer 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 accepts. Before completing her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Moldenhauer attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Storm 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. Storm honors. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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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's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Khalek's clinical interests include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khalek (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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

Dr. Mark Paul 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. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise consist of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the following distinction: 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 area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Heuer is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is neurosurgery. For her residency, Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Dr. Chen is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chen 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. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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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