Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Article About Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)


I just got an email, via MedLine, that was published on (The Alzheimers Association), about Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).  Very informative and, IMO, critical for everyone with older parents.  Sadly, an estimated 5-15% of cases of Alzheimer's (& Parkinson's) are found to have been NPH that was misdiagnosed, because many of the symptoms are similar & most of NPH patients are older, fitting into the age range when medical professionals see those with Alzheimer's & Parkinson's.

Unlike Alzheimer's & Parkinson's, NPH (particuarly when found & treated early) has a successful treatment.  When shunted early, damage/impairment can be minimal.  However, some damage/impairment can be permanent.  The downcast gaze, shuffling gate and other gait issues are all signs of NPH.  It is still possible for someone with NPH to live a long life after being shunted.

As always, we welcome those adjusting to life with NPH, as well as family members, caregivers & friends at our monthly meetings, as well as connecting with us through the blog and email.

Our next meeting will be November 16th, from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm in the Casey Conference Room at Swedish Medical Center's Cherry Hill Campus (17th & Jefferson, Seattle).

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