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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Dr. Sreekumaran K Nair, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Other
915 S. Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair specializes in vascular neurology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Nair's clinical interests: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Nair is a graduate of Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. He is conversant in Malayalam. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal is an otologist and neurotologist in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cristobal include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Navarra School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cristobal is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Gregory Alan Ward, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward's specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Ward attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ward is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 610
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bhambhvani is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bhambhvani trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhambhvani takes. Dr. Bhambhvani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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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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