Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a mild, difficult-to-diagnose type of hydrocephalus, a condition commonly referred to as "water on the brain."
Hydrocephalus is an increase of fluid in the brain known as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).The center of your brain has cavities called ventricles that are filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This circulating CSF is constantly replenished and absorbed, so that the amount of fluid inside the brain and skull remains basically constant over the course of a lifetime. For reasons that are not always understood, the amount of CSF within the brain cavities of some people increases and may increase the pressure within the brain.
- It is estimated that 375,000 people with dementia in the United States may have normal pressure hydrocephalus.
- The cause of normal pressure hydrocephalus is usually unknown.
- Without treatment, symptoms may get worse over time.
- Early diagnosis and treatment may improve the chance of a good recovery.
- After treatment, some people can recover almost completely and enjoy good quality of life.
We work closely with the following centers at Cushing Neuroscience Institute to ensure that each patient receives an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for the best outcome.
- Movement Disorders Center – There is considerable overlap between movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus. Our neurologists can screen out these patients and treat them appropriately for their condition.
- The Chiari Institute – The Chiari Institute at North Shore-LIJ cares for patients with complex brain and spinal cord junction abnormalities and complicated hydrocephalus.
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