Doctors at NYU Langone are skilled at diagnosing and treating people who have normal pressure hydrocephalus, an accumulation of spinal fluid in the brain that causes enlargement of the fluid spaces in the brain, called ventricles. This can lead to walking problems, cognitive impairment, and impaired bladder control.
Because the condition commonly affects people over the age of 60 and its symptoms often resemble conditions associated with the aging process, normal pressure hydrocephalus can be difficult to diagnose. NYU Langone neurologists are experts at recognizing this condition. They work together with neurosurgeons, rehabilitation specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers to develop a treatment plan designed to restore a person’s independence.
Doctors at NYU Langone also diagnose and manage pediatric hydrocephalus.
NYU Langone physicians alleviate brain dysfunction caused by normal pressure hydrocephalus through surgical implantation of a shunt system—a small device placed in the skull that drains spinal fluid away from the brain and into the body, where it can be absorbed.
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