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Walking While Counting Backward Could Diagnose Dementia

idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus

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  • Idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a neurologic disorder caused by excess fluid on the brain that leads to disturbances in gait, urinary incontinence and dementia
  • INPH often goes undiagnosed or, because the symptoms mimic other neurological conditions, may be misdiagnosed, often as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), another form of dementia
  • Compared to people with iNPH, PSP patients walked slower and had worsened gait overall when they walked while carrying a tray or counting backward
  • A simple walking test may accurately diagnose iNPH 97 percent of the time

By Dr. Mercola

About 0.2 percent of people in their 70s, and close to 6 percent of those in their 80s, suffer from idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH), a neurologic disorder caused by excess fluid on the brain that leads to disturbances in gait, urinary incontinence and dementia. When identified in its early stages, iNPH is treatable and the disease can often be reversed.


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