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Normal pressure hydrocephalus can be difficult to diagnose. At our center, we have a unique collaboration of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists to expertly diagnose and treat patients with this condition.
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Expert care for normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

At the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center, part of the Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, we have a team of specialists—including neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists—that provides the best in both surgical and nonsurgical care for a broad spectrum of neurological and neurosurgical conditions, including normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), sometimes referred to as “water on the brain.” Although this condition represents only a small subset of people who suffer from gait disorders and dementia, NPH is one of the few causes of dementia that can be controlled or even reversed. NPH is frequently misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, so it’s important to get the right diagnosis and treatment for your condition.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Because NPH symptoms are similar to those of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other movement disorders, and is often misdiagnosed or unrecognized, patients often do not receive the appropriate treatment. At the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center, we have experts who can properly diagnose NPH using advanced diagnostic tools, including:

  • Detailed patient history and examination 
  • CT scan (computerized tomography) of the head
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) 
  • Neuropsychological testing 
  • Gait testing 
  • Spinal tap or lumbar puncture (LP) 
  • Lumbar CSF drainage 
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring 

Once NPH has been diagnosed properly, the treatment involves surgically inserting a shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain.

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