2. It’s Underdiagnosed in Older Adults
The Hydrocephalus Association says a recent study estimates up to 700,000-older Americans are living with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), which is a slowly progressing form of the disease. The source also notes that up to 80-percent of cases go undetected.
However, because the condition is often not properly diagnosed, seniors may end up in a care facility that costs a lot more than home recovery following treatment for NPH, adds the source. Even more alarming, according to the association, is that up to 15-percent of patients diagnosed with dementia may actually have NPH (which is treatable).