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Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus

Normal-pressure hydrocephalus is an abnormal increase of fluid in the brain that puts pressure on the brain. It may be caused by a head injury, an infection, a tumor, or by unknown causes.

Normal-pressure hydrocephalus is a rare, treatable cause of dementia. It can occur at any age but is most common in older adults. Symptoms include increased problems with mental abilities such as memory, trouble walking, and problems with bladder control. Because the symptoms are similar to those of other causes of dementia such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, this condition is often not correctly diagnosed.

Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) Care at St. Luke's
The St. Luke's NPH program evaluates patients through a streamlined process that includes an initial neurosurgery consultation, outpatient evaluation by physical therapy and neuropsychology, and an inpatient NPH evaluation. Consult with your primary care provider for a referral.

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