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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a common term for adult onset communicating hydrocephalus. NPH usually is diagnosed in men or women over 55, with the median age in the mid-70's. This group is listed in the Yahoo!Groups directory under SENIOR HEALTH since 2005. You will find much more info at our companion site at http://www.oldplaces.org/NPH/

Typically, cerebrospinal fluid flows into and out of the brain, with the brain absorbing a certain percentage of fluid. In NPH the fluid is not blocked from flowing through the brain, but a diminished ability to absorb fluid causes the ventricles to become enlarged.

The TRIAD of symptoms for NPH is: (1) Gait Disturbance, including balance problems, shuffling walk (often described as a feeling of the feet being stuck to the floor), sudden falls; (2) Urinary Urgency or Incontinence, (3) Short term memory loss/dementia.

If you are a "seeker" we hope you'll find information, support, and encouragement here. You'll find a lot of information in the forum messages themselves, as well as outside links to research articles and videos. If you have been through diagnosis and treatment, we'd love for you to stick around to advise and encourage others.

NPH_FRIENDS is a members-only independent forum. It offers outside links to hydrocephalus organizations, research articles, videos, and forums, but is not affiliated with any organization.

DISCLAIMER. Members and owners are not medically trained and make no claim to be such, do not intend to advise or otherwise act as medical professionals. This website disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages that could result from use of the information obtained from this site.

Pat Sabin, Owner/Moderator, patricia.sabin@comcast.net
Shamai Currim, Owner/Moderator,shamai@hourglass.net
Debbi Fields, Owner/Moderator hydrobrat@yahoo.com

Find more information and support at the National Hydrocephalus Foundation at http://www.nhfonline.org/

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