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We found 4 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Fort Worth, TX.

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology
915 S. Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 336-2026

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair practices vascular neurology in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Nair studied medicine at Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nair include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nair's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Gregory Alan Ward MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 870-5094

Dr. Gregory Ward is a specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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All Interests: Acoustic Neuromas, Aneurysm, Bone Cancer, Bone Disorders, Brain and Nervous System Cancer, Brain ... (Read more)

Ricardo Cristobal MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 920-0484

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Dr. Cristobal's clinical interests include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Cristobal welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Navarra School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Abscess, Acoustic Neuroma Removal (incl. Hearing Preservation Techniques), Adult Hearing Loss ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease), Neurophysiology
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 610
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 962-2340

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Bhambhvani studied medicine at L.T. Municipal Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals.

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All Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Aneurysms, Ataxia, Autoimmune Diseases, Bell's Palsy, Brain Aneurysms, Brain ... (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.