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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Alternate Names : Hydrocephalus Ex Vacuo

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment involves the surgical insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The shunt drains cerebrospinal fluid from the enlarged ventricles into the abdomen. Doing this helps relieve the pressure on the ventricle walls, preventing further enlargement. The ventricle may also return to a relatively normal size.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Infection may occur after surgery. Occasionally, the ventriculoperitoneal shunt may not work properly.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Rehabilitation therapy can be provided to improve body movements, teach bowel and bladder control, and assist with other problems that interfere with everyday activities. Rehabilitation might include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

How is the condition monitored?

Monitoring involves watching for return of symptoms. This would indicate that the shunt is not working properly and might need to be repaired. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: James Warson, MD
Reviewer: Donna Williams, RN, MSN, CRRN
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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