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Medicine For 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
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
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
NPH: 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 with a vp shunt. ...Read more
Is a prominent cistern magma dangerous in any way? Is it related to a normal pressure hydrocephalus
Not usually related: The cisterna magna is a spinal fluid space in the back of the brain which lies just posterior to the cerebellum. The space may be enlarged for a few reasons, both normal and pathologic (abnormal). You should have a MRI to evaluate further (if only CT done) and see Neurosurgeon or Neurologist for their opinion. Do you have any symptoms? Remember headaches can be from stress. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
I have normal pressure hydrocephalus, had surgery back in November of 2015 I do not have a shunt I wanted to know if it was safe for me to fly?
Confirm therapy: How was the diagnosis of NPH confirmed, particularly if no shunt was put in place? It would be best to understand the workup and treatment; while there haven't been specific recommendations made about normal pressure hydrocephalus and flying (commercial airlines use a peak altitude pressurized to 8000 feet) need more details; discussion with your neurosurgeon/neurologist would be important. ...Read more
What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetic what sort of diet would help?
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
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
What kind: I am unfamiliar with also pressure hydrocephalus- did you spell the type correctly? For most causes of hydrocephalus, the type determines the treatment and forecast. The diabetes-how long, level of control, other vascular issues, and meds also figure in to the forecast you are seeking. Too complicated for this format. ...Read more
Can people w/o hydrocephalus have CSF pressure increase or headaches caused by intracranial pressure?
I have a VP shunt for hydrocephalus and I have high pressure in my brain they say the shunt is possibly working so why is the high pressure there?
VP shunt: Most VP shunts today have the ability to control flow using an external device that regulates the flow in the shunt. I would speak to the surgeon and the manufacturer of the shunt. As long as you do not have symptoms like severe headaches, nausea then you should be good. ...Read more
I have hydrocephalus and got a VP shunt in my neurosurgeon said I have high pressure in my brain and they think the shunt is working why the pressure?
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Is an external hydrocephalus consequence of brain atrophy? Does external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure?
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a disorder where there is an increase in cerebral spinal fluid and subsequent dilatation of the internal spaces of the brain. It can be caused by obstruction of the circulation of the fluid or decreased absorption. Intracrania pressure is increased. However with brain atrophy due to loss of tissue these spaces appear dilated but the pressure is normal. There is no fluid increase. ...Read more
I have a vp shunt for hydrocephalus and I sometimes zone out duing the day. What does this mean? Is this normal?
ZONE OUT means what?: Please specify if the person asking this question is the patient and are you 16 years of age? If so, we will need a parent or guardian to ask the question on your behalf or giving permission to use this service since it is typically for those 18 or older unless your state recognizes 16 as the age of parental emancipation. But I can tell you that NO, not normal to zone out. You need to be examined ...Read more
Is it normal for a baby to have hydrocephalus but the fluid is not constant? And the fluid fill parts of the brain that didn't develop?
Are needed regular neurological controls at inborn hydrocephalus if inever had problems with this and I lead normal life like otherwise health one?
Hydrocephalus: Check with a neurologist on a yearly basis if you are stable, otherwise more frequently if you are getting headaches. ...Read more
What are symptoms & chances for 9 mths to develop hydrocephalus due to ivh 2-3. Head always big 90+ %. normal development, last MRI 4 mths normal?
Yes: A child with hydrocephalus can lead a very normal life. I presume you are asking whether or not the shunt will affect the ability to have a normal life. Patients with shunts can and do live very normal and full and productive lives. There certainly are some precautions they need to take such as being aware of the signs of shunt dysfunction. Also, there may be some limitations to avoid head injury. ...Read more
I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?
May be intermittent: A vp shunt involves tubing that goes from the ventricle to a valve above the ear and then along the neck and chest and into the abdomen. This tubing curls in the abdomen and drains the brain fluid there. Obstruction can occur anywhere along this route. The obstruction may be intermittent. X-rays can look at the tubing, and taping the valve can be sure it is working. Get a thorough checkup. ...Read more
I have bro whi have an hydrocephalus and he's two years old is it normal that he cannot sit or walk or even talk plz need help?
Problem diagnosis: Normal brain "plumbing" includes structures that make cerebro-spinal fluid which travels though normal channels and is eventually pushed into areas where it is absorbed and thus recycled. Hydrocephalus occurs when the fluid builds up excessively. It can create pressure that can cause permanent brain injury.Surgery to create a bypass for fluid is sometimes curative. Any damage could be permanent. ...Read more
I have hydrocephalus since birth. I have a programmable shunt. Over a couple of days I am now getting neck pain. Is this normal?
Hard to say.: Neck pain has lots of causes, major and minor. With a shunt, you have to be cautious, though. If you have never had neck pain like this before, or if you have fever, dizziness, or anything else unusual, give your doc a call for advice and treatment options or go to the ER. Your doc will get more details than you can give here, and will guide you best. ...Read more
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