Secondary Hydrocephalus

Secondary hydrocephalus is a condition, in which there is an excess of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in cavities within the brain, called ventricles.  This condition can be caused by a brain tumor, hemorrhage, infection or a trauma from impact, such as falling down and hitting your head.  With this additional fluid, pressure builds within the brain causing a variety of symptoms.

Symptoms of secondary hydrocephalus can often be mistaken for those of other brain disorders, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. The most common indicators of secondary hydrocephalus include mental confusion, mild forgetfulness, short term memory lapses, loss of interest in normal activities, gait disturbance or difficulty walking, a decline in thinking skills and urinary incontinence.

Getting Diagnosed

Our team of specialists at the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center provide thorough neurological evaluations, using the latest diagnostic technology to diagnose idiopathic hydrocephalus, including computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging(MRI).

We work closely with other centers within the Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute, including the Movement Disorders Center and the Chiari Institute, to ensure an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for the best outcome.

Your Path to Health and Wellness Starts Here

The Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute ensures the best neurological care for yourself and your family, including thorough neurological evaluations, the latest diagnostic technology and the most advanced treatment options.


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