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International Patients September 21, 2012

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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a rare condition, which affects individuals throughout the United States and the world. Finding an experienced medical professional can be difficult due to the rarity of this condition and the complexity and variety of symptoms associated with it. Many times, patients diagnosed with NPH or suspected of having NPH must cross international borders to seek the best care.

Traveling to a foreign country adds to the stress and complication for the patients and their caregivers, which is often overwhelming. At Barrow, we understand the need to facilitate proper diagnostic tests and appropriate treatment in a streamlined and comprehensive manner. This allows you and your family to focus on the treatment and recovery process rather than logistics.

Please check out our International Patient Program for more information.
Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

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4th Annual Hydrocephalus Association Walk at the Phoenix Zoo September 12, 2012

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Please join us for the 4th Annual Hydrocephalus Association Walk at the Phoenix Zoo on November 11, 2012. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and the event begins at 9:00 AM.

Mingle with doctors from Barrow Neurological Institute as they answer questions about hydrocephalus. There will be face painting for the kids, chair massages for the adults, raffle prizes and music by Mojococo Music DJs. Entrance to this event is free. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, & co-workers to enjoy a beautiful family day at the Zoo.

You can register as an individual, family or team. We are always looking for volunteers to help at the event or in advance by raising money for our cause. Call me directly if you would like to volunteer at or prior to this event.

For more information about this event and/or to register in advance go to: http://www.hydroassoc.org.

How to Register
• Go to www.hydroassoc.org 
• Select the WALK tab, then the 2012 WALK Schedule
• Select WALK location from event list
• Click on Register Here to sign up for the WALK as an individual or start/join a team
• Customize your personal donation page (tell your story, add a photo, etc.)
• Send emails to friends and family asking them to sponsor you

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

How to select your physician and/or hospital for treatment September 4, 2012

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Subspecialty programs like the Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center unite numerous medical disciplines (neurosurgery, neurology, neurological rehabilitation, etc.) to provide complex diagnostic testing, treatment planning, and evaluation. In addition to ensuring the highest standard of care, the collaboration between these groups fosters a sense of encouragement and comfort to patients needing a collection of qualified individuals within different specialties in one location.

Barrow is one of the few institutions in the country that can offer these comprehensive services to people from all parts of the world. At the Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center, our highly-trained and experienced team uses medical records, radiographic tests, and other diagnostic exams to formulate a treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

Whether you are seeking a second opinion or primary care for your condition, make sure you are asking the right questions. Here are suggestions to making your search successful:

• Patients suffering from normal pressure hydrocephalus can require treatment by a variety of specialists, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, endocrinologists, neuropsychologists, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, and research scientists. Do you work with a multidisciplinary team on a regular basis with expertise in this “high rent district” of the brain?

• Why is this surgery necessary?
• Are there alternative procedures and treatments? Are they available here?
• How many surgeries of this nature have you and your team performed?
• Can you show me the tumor on the MRI?
• What are the potential complications and risks of my procedure?
• What do you consider a successful outcome?
• How effective do you expect to be at eliminating all of my symptoms?
• Is it possible that I will need additional treatment?
• What is the size and location of the incision?
• Tell me about your team members and their experience with HH patients. Will my Insurance plan cover the cost of the procedure?
• Is your team conducting research projects in this area?

To view our multidisciplinary team specialist click here: http://www.thebarrow.org/Neurological_Services/Hydrocephalus_Clinic/204539

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center