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Neuropsychology, NPH, and Alzheimer’s September 24, 2013

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Some patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are actually suffering from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). One of the most prevalent symptoms of NPH is mild dementia. To most of us, this looks like a loss of interest in daily activities, forgetfulness, difficulty with daily tasks, and short-term memory loss. Some individuals may have NPH, Alzheimer’s, or sometimes suffer from both conditions.

It is essential that your cognitive abilities are tested during the process of diagnosing NPH, and that this information is provided to your doctor(s). This not only helps us rule out Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia, but it also gives you and your family with realistic expectations regarding the treatment and recovery process.

Early on, neuropsychological testing helps your doctors detect important cognitive changes and differentiate between those memory problems that are consistent with your age and education and those that are more serious. If you have already been diagnosed with NPH, continued testing helps your doctors judge the rate of cognitive ability changes and the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

Computerized neuropsychological testing does not involve intimidating or invasive procedures. At Barrow, we use the Computer-Administered Neuropsychological Screen for Mild Cognitive Impairment (CANS-MCI), in the NPH Screening Clinic, which has led the way in early detection and awareness of impending dementia.

For more information about the NPH Screening Clinic contact me directly or post your questions here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

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