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January 22, 1973

Psychiatric Aspects of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Author Affiliations

From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1973;223(4):409-412. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220040025006

Five patients had normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) within the context of a psychiatric dimension. The incidence of NPH is highest in the older age group. Psychiatric sequelae can be the predominant, as well as initial, clinical manifestation of this syndrome. Normal pressure hydrocephalus is an organic brain syndrome that is potentially reversible by a neurosurgical shunting procedure. The mental status of the patient and the necessity for the inclusion of NPH in the differential diagnosis are important.