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What Does Idiopathic NPH (iNPH) Mean? January 25, 2013

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Patients can be confused by medical terminology given to them by their physicians, especially when first diagnosed with a complex neurological condition such as Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). Medical professionals often forget they are speaking in a language the general public isn’t familiar with.

Often, patients ask me what is meant by idiopathic NPH (iNPH). The word idiopathic means that the cause of the patient’s condition is unknown. Some patients with NPH report a history of brain trauma, tumor, infection, or other brain dysfunction that can be linked to NPH.

However, some patients have no history of damage to the brain at all. Treatment for both types of NPH is the same; implantation of a shunt device. For more information about shunting to treat NPH, visit the Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Clinic website.

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center



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