Online Presentation: Could Your Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Diagnosis Really Be NPH?
NPH is a Curable Disease That is Often Mistaken for Alzheimer's Disease or Parkinson's Disease.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
What is NPH?
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is the increase in intracranial pressure due to abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain's ventricles. This buildup of fluid occurs when there is blockage in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. There are a number of suspected causes for NPH, including head trauma, brain tumor, subarachnoid hemorrhage, complications of surgery and infection. Typically, NPH affects elderly patients over age 60, both men and women alike.
How is NPH Diagnosed?
The triad of symptoms for NPH diagnosis is urinary incontinence, abnormal gait (walking) and mental decline or dementia. Because the symptoms of NPH are very similar to other neurological disorders, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, it is often misdiagnosed. Neurologic testing using CT or MRI scans, spinal tap and intracranial pressure monitoring is often used to help diagnose NPH.
Join Dr. Dong Kim, director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, as he explores the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of normal pressure hydrocephalus.
About Dr. Kim:
Dong H. Kim, M.D., is the director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and chief of neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. He also serves as professor and chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School.