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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani is a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. Dr. Bhambhvani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Bhambhvani completed a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Azle, and Texas Health Cleburne. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair is a neurologist in Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nair takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Malayalam. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest 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 a physician who specializes in otology and neurotology. His clinical interests include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cristobal honors. He attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Cristobal speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He welcomes new patients.

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Gregory Ward, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward is a family medicine practitioner and neurosurgeon in Fort Worth, TX, Granbury, TX, and Weatherford, TX. He 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. His areas of expertise include the following: intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. Dr. Ward is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth.

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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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