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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhambhvani's practice is open to new patients. After attending L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals.

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

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

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Nair's areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Nair is conversant in Malayalam. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia ... (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. His areas of expertise include the following: nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. Dr. Cristobal accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Cristobal graduated from the University of Navarra School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cristobal trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cristobal speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Ward's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. Dr. Ward honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ward is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth.

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All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, ... (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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