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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus, also known as “water on the brain,” describes a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the cavities, or ventricles of the brain, causing them to increase in size. The neurological effects of this condition resemble those of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The main symptoms include a decline in cognitive ability, dementia, problems with walking and urinary incontinence. Through proper diagnosis, treatment can be achieved through placing a permanent shunt from the brain, tunneled to the abdomen, to drain out the volume of fluid.