We found 6 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Shih-Shan Lang Lang, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shih-Shan Chen is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. She completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chen's distinctions 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.

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All Interests: Aneurysm, Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, Chiari Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Bachanan Storm, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a specialist in neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Storm is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hydrocephalus

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Julie Moldenhauer sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Dr. Moldenhauer is especially interested in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Moldenhauer is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gregory G Heuer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Heuer's specialty is neurosurgery. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Heuer trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heuer is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Spine Tumor, Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy Surgery, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark P 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 in Philadelphia, PA. In his practice, Dr. Johnson focuses on hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Johnson takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Johnson has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Nahla Khalek, MPH, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nahla Khalek's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among her clinical interests: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Khalek is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Prenatal Diagnosis

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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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