Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a disorder that causes cerebrospinal fluid volume to build up and create pressure on the brain, resulting in dementia-like symptoms including difficulty walking, memory loss and/or loss of bladder control.
Most often seen in older adults, NPH is commonly misdiagnosed. It can produce symptoms that closely mimic such neurological disorders as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In fact, 5 to 10 percent of patients with dementia may actually have NPH. The good news is the physical and cognitive problems associated with this disorder can be successfully reversed or stabilized with accurate diagnosis and treatment.
By using a multidisciplinary approach, the nationally-renowned NPH experts at the NorthShore Neurological Institute are leaders in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. They are uniquely suited to provide timely, comprehensive care for patients.
The neurologists on staff at the Neurological Institute specialize in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and other movement disorders. They collaborate closely with dedicated neurosurgeons that are knowledgeable in treating NPH.
This teamwork has significantly heightened awareness of this disorder. In fact, the vast experience of our NPH team ensures patients receive appropriate diagnostic tests, and tailored treatment plans that work best for them.
Our specialists carefully review each patient’s history before conducting thorough physical examinations. Using state-of-the-art diagnostics, they may request non-invasive tests, such as advanced magnetic resonance imaging, as part of the complete diagnostic workup. Often, an outpatient test called a lumbar puncture may be scheduled to aid in diagnosis.
Surgically placing a shunt system within the brain is an effective method for treating NPH. The shunt system diverts cerebrospinal fluid to the abdomen, where it is absorbed and eventually eliminated. The resulting reduction of pressure in the brain alleviates both the mobility and cognition symptoms that afflict NPH sufferers.
The Institute’s neurosurgical team has particularly strong expertise in performing this procedure. Our specialists have successfully treated a large number of NPH patients, helping to turn around the symptoms of this debilitating disorder, getting them back on their feet and ready to enjoy healthy, active lives.
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