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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

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Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

NPH Drug Treatment: No definitive evidence exists that medication can successfully treat nph. Parkinson drugs have been reported to be of benefit in anecdotal reports, these patients with nph may represent misdiagnosed cases of parkinsonism. In patients who are poor candidates for shunt surgery, repeated lumbar punctures in combination with diuretics may be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Soren Singel
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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (Definition)

Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) affects nearly 500, 000 people in the U.S. As its name implies, the pressure the brain "feels" is normal. Ct scans or MRI scans show dilation of the cerebral ventricles. The classic symptoms are memory problems, trouble with walking, and urinary incontinence and frequency. This typically affects patients> 55years in age. It is very treatable ...Read more


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Normal pressure hydrocephalus: are there many symptoms?

NPH: Though the classic triad includes cognitive deficits, urinary incontinence, and gait problems, many patients do not present with all 3. Because other conditions can cause similar problems, most neurosurgeons perform additional testing prior to offering ventriculoperitoneal shunting, which is the conventional treatment of choice. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: normal pressure hydrocephalus?

Spinal fluid dysfnct: Spinal fluid circulated in and out of brain ventricles, and when there is an obstruction, intracranial pressure can increase, but the normal pressure process is one where the fluid mechanisms do not cause pressure. Symptoms involve dementia, a peculiar gait, (apraxia), urinary incontinence, and may respond to shunting. May be a sequela from prior hemorrhage or infection. ...Read more

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Will very bad dementia from normal pressure hydrocephalus improve with a shunt in 68 year old?

Will very bad dementia from normal pressure hydrocephalus improve with a shunt in 68 year old?

NPH: It really depends on how long the hydrocephalus was causing symptoms and whether there are any other medical issues that may be contributing. Dementia and other symptoms from nph is due to pressure on the brain structures from the increased fluid in the ventricles. If the hydrocephalus is treated soon enough, cognitive symptoms from the "squished" tissue may resolve partly or entirely. ...Read more

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What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Headache: blurred or double vision, sunsetting of the eyes, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of skills, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss. ...Read more

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetic what sort of diet would help?

Normal pressure hydrocephalus with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetic  what sort  of diet would help?

Book recommendation: You might find a book called "the blood sugar solution" by mark hyman, md helpful. He looks at the situation holistically and offers practical advice. The very best to you. ...Read more

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What causes normal pressure hydrocephalus?

Normal Pressure hydr: The source of what causes nph has not been really determined. It is a disorder that occurs more in the elderly population and is a situation where the patient has normal pressures within the brain yet has clinical symptoms of hydrocephalus or excessive water/pressure on the brain. ...Read more

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I fell down some stairs and now have venticular dilation, etiology includes hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus. I am dizzy unstable have memory loss and incontinant how long will this last. I also have ongoing headaches , how long will these

I fell down some stairs and now have venticular dilation, etiology includes hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus. I am dizzy unstable have memory loss and incontinant how long will this last. I also have ongoing headaches ,  how long will these

Possibly: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) is usually not associated with headaches although it is associated with the gait, memory, and bladder problems. You may also have post-traumatic hydrocephalus from your fall. This should be worked up further by a neurologist/neurosurgeon. Further scans with an MRI can determine if there is a blockage or obstruction leading to the hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Safe for someone who has shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus to get brain MRI for suspected pituitary adenoma? If no, is cat scan used instead?

Safe for someone who has shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus to get brain MRI for  suspected pituitary adenoma? If no, is cat scan used instead?

Check with neurosurg: Check with the neurosurgeon as to the type of shunt in place. With normal pressure hydrocephalus, it is very common that the shunt is a programmable shunt that allows the neurosurgeon to change the amount of drainage with a special magnet. There are some that are MRI resistant and some that aren't(these need reprogramming soon after mri). If it is non-programmable, you don't need to adjust it. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is swelling of the brain and fluid build up in the skull. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, altered ...Read more