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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (cont.)

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Treatment

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus generally cannot be cured. It is a long-term condition. However, many people with the condition obtain substantial relief through surgical treatment. For those who are not candidates for surgery, treatment consists of:

  • measures to relieve mood and behavioral problems,
  • cope with physical problems such as incontinence and walking difficulties, and
  • maximize physical, mental, and social functioning.

Self-Care at Home for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

An individual with NPH should always be under the care of a medical professional. Much of the day-to-day care, however, is handled by family caregivers. Medical care should focus on optimizing the individual's health, safety, and quality of life while helping family members cope with the many challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia and other symptoms of NPH.

The degree of care required by people with NPH varies considerably. Those who undergo successful shunt surgery may continue to live a normal or near-normal independent life. Others will experience worsening of their symptoms over time. Many of these individuals will eventually require close supervision and care. Your neurologist or neurosurgeon should discuss with you and your family what to expect as time goes on.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/28/2015
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