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Normal pressure hydocephalus. is this a medical emergency for 68 year old who's getting worse? sees dr in month

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Dr. Gerald Mandell answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

Shunting helps: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) is one of few causes of dementia that is potentially reversible. Nph consists of gait dysfunction and enlarged cerebral ventricles without obstruction, accompanied by frontal and subcortical cognitive deficits and bladder overactivity.Csf shunting, including ventriculoperitoneal, ventriculopleural, or ventriculoatrial shunting, can lead to significant improvement.

Answered 10/5/2013

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See below: If the person develops trouble walking, falls, difficult to go the bathroom such as urination and bowel movement and memory issues, go to the emergency room and on-call neurosurgeon will examine this person. Otherwise call neurosurgeon for an appointment if you have a suspected normal pressure hydrocephalus.

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