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What is normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)?

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Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is too much cerebrospinal fluid in your brain. Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a type of hydrocephalus that usually happens in older adults. NPH is different than other types of hydrocephalus in that it develops slowly over time.

The parts of the brain most often affected in NPH are those that control the legs, the bladder, and the "cognitive" mental processes such as memory, reasoning, problem solving, and speaking. Other symptoms include abnormal gait (difficulty walking), inability to hold urine (urinary incontinence), and, occasionally, inability to control the bowels.

From: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 16, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/16/2018

 SOURCES: American Stroke Association. Hydrocephalus Foundation. 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 16, 2018

 SOURCES: American Stroke Association. Hydrocephalus Foundation. 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 16, 2018

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