Maimonides is proud to offer the only NPH/Gait clinic in Brooklyn. World-renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists at Maimonides bring research-driven and advanced technology-supported hydrocephalus care to Brooklyn. In addition to treating all kinds of neurological diseases, these specialists have developed a dedicated Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)/Gait Clinic to specifically diagnose and treat this unique condition.
Maimonides utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that coordinates neurologists, neurosurgeons and physical therapists who can diagnose, treat and resolve problems related to NPH.
Our NPH/Gait Clinic team can be reached at 718.283.7470 to schedule an appointment or email us at [email protected].
Neurology department team members will help determine if the NPH/Gait Clinic is the right fit for you, or help you find a Maimonides neuro-specialist who can meet your needs.
What is normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)?
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a condition that is caused by the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. People experiencing NPH have an excess of cerebrospinal fluid because their bodies cannot properly drain and absorb the fluid – this build-up affects the brain. Symptoms related to NPH can be similar to other neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, and may include:
- Issues with walking/mobility (trouble with walking or balance, falling, tripping, shuffling)
- Problems with bladder control
- Memory loss, confusion, or mood changes (or other symptoms commonly associated with dementia)
Because the symptoms for NPH mirror other diseases, they can be incorrectly attributed, or mistaken for the typical signs for aging. However, NPH is treatable and can be diagnosed by a neurology specialist.
Upon review of symptoms and medical history, our Maimonides specialists will perform a physical exam and may order other tests to determine whether a patient has NPH, including:
- Imaging tests
- Cerebrospinal fluid tests
- Gait analysis (timed walking test)
- PT evaluation
- Neuropsychological testing (assessments of memory, problem-solving, and concentration)
Treatment for NPH may include surgery to drain the excess fluid – the neurosurgeons at Maimonides will review each case and determine a treatment plan that’s right for each patient, depending on the stage of NPH present. Patients who are diagnosed and treated in the early stages of NPH have a strong chance of recovery.
Ask your primary care provider or contact the NPH program at Maimonides today, to find out if you’re a candidate, by calling our neurology main line at 718-283-7470. If you’re under the care of a neurologist, ask them to reach out to our experts today for a consultation or referral.