Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hydrocephalus Normal Pressure Treatment

Treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus usually includes the surgical placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt.

Treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus includes:

  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus:
    • A small tube is inserted under the skin.
    • One end of the tube drains fluid from the brain.
    • The other end of the tube allows excess fluid to drain into the abdominal cavity.
    • The fluid is absorbed by the tissue in the abdomen.

Hydrocephalus Normal Pressure Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Hydrocephalus Normal Pressure Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat normal pressure hydrocephalus:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Hydrocephalus Normal Pressure References
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