Normal pressure hydrocephalus

Symptom of normal pressure hydrocephalus

NPH is common in the elderly, reportedly occurring in 1.1% of Japanese aged 65 years or over, which means that there may be over 300,000 people suffering from this condition in Japan. Patients walk with their legs wide apart, sliding their feet or taking very short steps. There are no particular characteristics to forgetfulness, although patients do not exhibit the wandering behavior seen in Alzheimer's disease, in which people leave the house and wander aimlessly around the neighborhood. The shaking of the hands seen in Parkinson's disease is also absent.

In NPH, patients walk with very short steps with their legs wide apart.

[ Normal gait ]

[ Gait with hydrocephalus ]

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