Neuropsychological Testing in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
There have been few systematic behavioral studies in normal pressure hydrocephalus despite the fact that cognitive decline is a characteristic feature. One study suggested that preoperative language deficits predicted a poor outcome with shunt surgery (DeMol 1985). Another indicated that dementia is usually irreversible in idiopathic NPH (Thomsen et al. 1986). We used serial neuropsychological tests to study 23 patients operated for NPH. Our aims were: (1) to look for behavioral predictors of surgical outcome; (2) to analyze the extent of improvement with surgery.
KeywordsNeuropsychological Test Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Neuropsychological Test Score Concomitant Decline Control Oral Word Association
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