We found 6 providers with an interest in hydrocephalus and who accept Coventry HMO 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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is neurosurgery. Her areas of expertise include stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her residency. 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. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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 neurosurgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Storm is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Storm is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Storm is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Moldenhauer include hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Moldenhauer include: Best Physicians for Women; Philadelphia Life Magazine; and Best Doctors in America.

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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 area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Heuer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program.

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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 medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among his clinical interests: hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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 is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Khalek is especially interested in hydrocephalus and spina bifida. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Khalek's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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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