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Neuropsychological Testing in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

  • N. R. Graff-Radford
  • J. C. Godersky
  • D. Tranel
  • P. J. Eslinger
  • M. P. Jones

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Neuropsychological Test Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Neuropsychological Test Score Concomitant Decline Control Oral Word Association 
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References

  1. DeMol J (1985) Facteurs pronostiques du resultat therapeutique dans l’hydrocephalus a pression normale. Acta Neurol Belg 85:13–29Google Scholar
  2. Thomsen AM, Børgesen SE, Bruhn P, Gjerris F (1986) Prognosis of dementia in normal pressure hydrocephalus after a shunt operation. Ann Neurol 20:304–310PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. R. Graff-Radford
    • 1
  • J. C. Godersky
    • 2
  • D. Tranel
    • 1
  • P. J. Eslinger
    • 3
  • M. P. Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyThe University of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryThe University of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and Human BehaviorBrown University ProvidenceRhode IslandUSA
  4. 4.Department of Preventive MedicineThe University of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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