Stanford Center for Memory Disorders

Treatment Options for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

A commonly used treatment for NPH is surgery to place a tube, called a shunt, into the brain to drain the excess fluid. The shunt is usually inserted into a ventricle in the brain and then passed under your skin from your head through your neck and chest to your abdomen. The extra fluid in your brain flows through the shunt into your abdomen, where your body absorbs it. The ventricles in your brain may then go back to their normal size.

Implanting a shunt doesnít work for everyone, but some people do benefit from it. Getting prompt diagnosis and treatment helps improves your chances of a good outcome.

Managing NPH

Shunt placement can lead to bleeding and infection so itís important that you and your family are aware of these possible complications. If you have this surgery, be sure to follow all of your doctorís directions and keep any follow-up appointments to make sure it's working properly.

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