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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, Other
915 S. Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in vascular neurology. Dr. Nair's clinical interests include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. Dr. Nair's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gregory Ward's specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Bone ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal's area of specialization is otology and neurotology. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). Dr. Cristobal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He graduated from the University of Navarra School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cristobal completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cristobal accepts. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Bone Problems, Lower Back Pain, Ear Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise 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. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Bhambhvani attended medical school at L.T. Municipal Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, ... (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.