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Specialized Care for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Because symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) are often masked by the normal aging process, NPH is difficult to diagnose and often goes untreated. That’s why we developed the only NPH program of its kind in Central Florida.

Paving the Way for Greater Awareness

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                        The Only Program of Its Kind

The Only Program of Its Kind

There’s hope for better treatment of this often-misdiagnosed condition. It’s what inspired us to create the only NPH program in Central Florida and one of only 10 in the U.S.

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                        A New Approach to Diagnosis

A New Approach to Diagnosis

Your path to wellness drives our innovation. At the AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, Neuroscience Institute, we’ve developed a protocol for diagnosing and treating NPH that ensures you get the right answers.

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                        Guided, Specialized Care

Guided, Specialized Care

From evaluation to follow-up care, you’ll be guided by a handpicked team that may include specialists in nursing, physical therapy, neuropsychology, internal medicine, neuroradiology and more.

Understanding Your Treatment Options

Because NPH is commonly diagnosed in people over 60, its symptoms are often confused with the natural aging process. It may even be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. But, when detected early enough, NPH can be treatable and reversible. Symptoms may include loss of urinary control, memory loss and problems walking.

There are two types of NPH:

  • Idiopathic (or Primary) — Though it has no known cause, it’s characterized by a triad of symptoms: dementia, urinary incontinence and gait disturbance.
  • Secondary — This type is typically associated with a head injury, an infection of the brain, hemorrhage or a tumor.

NPH is caused by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that causes the ventricles in your brain to become enlarged, sometimes without creating much intracranial pressure (ICP). Fortunately, there’s a way to remove the fluid by attaching a small, external drain to your lower back. If this temporary solution improves your symptoms, our physicians will likely recommend you have a permanent shunt implanted under your skin to continuously regulate the fluid and provide ongoing relief.


Our Locations. Your Options.

As interconnected pieces of one of the most comprehensive neurology care networks in Florida, each of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute. Ask your dedicated Care Coordinator to help you explore your options and find the right fit for you to optimize your recovery.  

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A Community of Support

A strong support system goes a long way. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of patient services. From support groups and wellness programs to your Care Coordinator and financial assistance tools, you always have helpful resources and compassionate people to lean on. 

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Your Health Ally All the Way

Your compassionate and knowledgeable Care Coordinator is available to help schedule appointments, thoroughly explain every treatment option, and put you in touch with the right resources. You’ll never wonder what’s next, because we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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