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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)


Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus -- Overview, Incidence and Prevalence

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Overview Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a condition that involves the build-up of fluid in the brain. Normally, a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) circulates around the brain and spin READ MORE

Management of normal pressure hydrocephalus

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Gait instability, urinary incontinence, and dementia are the signs and symptoms typically found in patients who have normal pressure hydrocephalus. Estimated to cause no more than 5 percent of cases o READ MORE

About Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus -- A Book for Adults and Their Families

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About Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus -- A Book for Adults and Their Families was written for adults, their families, friends and caregivers with the intention of providing information about the diagnos READ MORE

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Arif Dalvi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Chicago, Co-director of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center Updated: Apr 9 READ MORE

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Overview

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The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a clear fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid is produced and stored in cavities in the brain called ventricles. It circulates around the brain READ MORE

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) Diagnosis

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Diagnosis of NPH is often difficult due to the symptoms being similar to other disorders. In many cases the NPH is thought to be mild dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or simply old age factors. Many READ MORE

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

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ABOUT NPH Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus is a neurological condition which normally occurs in adults 55-years and older. NPH is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) causing the ventricles of READ MORE

An Alternative Diagnosis to Alzheimer's Disease?

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Here's a terrible thought: What if an elderly loved one was confined to a nursing home because a doctor assumed he had Alzheimer's, but he didn't have the disease at all? Worse, what if his condition READ MORE
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) occurs when an obstruction in the normal flow of spinal fluid causes pressure to build up in the tissues of the brain. Symptoms include difficulties with walking, dementia and urinary incontinence. NPH is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's in patients who have not had an MRI or CT scan. Some experts estimate that up to 750,000 Americans may have NPH. Estimates also suggest that NPH may be the cause for up to 5% of dementia cases. People who have had a history of meningitis, encephalitis or head injury are more likely to develop NPH. The condition is sometimes treatable.
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