NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus)

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus)

NPH is a form of hydrocephalus that generally affects older adults. As with other forms of hydrocephalus where too much CSF accumulates in the brain, serious damage and our ability to move, think and function normally can be significantly impacted. NPH sometimes occurs with little or no increase in intercranial pressure.
NPH is considered by some to be a potentially reversible form of dementia. Those affected generally suffer a triad of debilitating symptoms which include challenges with:
The greatest challenge in getting care for NPH is lack of awareness. Getting an early diagnosis and proper treatment can be difficult because the public and most family physicians are unaware of the condition.
Unfortunately, too many people with NPH are not being diagnosed or are misdiagnosed with diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s. A delayed diagnosis can be devastating and cause irreversible brain damage.
NPH affects more than 1 in 200 adults over the age of 55 – most of them are undiagnosed. This means thousands of people, who have much to live for, may be unnecessarily losing their independence, time with loved ones and admitted to long term care facilities prematurely. If you suspect someone you know may have NPH, be sure to ask about it specifically and insist the proper diagnostic testing be done.
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