Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus can occur in people of any age, but it is most common in the elderly population.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus may result from:
- A subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Head trauma
- Complications of surgery.
However, many people develop this condition even when none of these factors are present. In these cases, the cause of normal pressure hydrocephalus is unknown.
Symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus include:
- Progressive mental impairment
- Problems with walking
- Impaired bladder control leading to urinary frequency and incontinence
- Slower movements or complaining that the feet feel "stuck."
These symptoms are typical with this condition. However, it is important to remember that symptoms vary significantly from individual to individual. Also, these possible symptoms are not sure signs of hydrocephalus. Other problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone with possible symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus should see a doctor so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
Because symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus are similar to those of other disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the condition is often misdiagnosed. Many cases go unrecognized and are never properly treated.