Outcomes After Shunt Surgery

Symptom improvement after shunt surgery to treat normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is impacted by criteria to determine patients eligible for the operation. It’s estimated that more than 80% of those properly diagnosed with NPH and screened for shunt responsiveness will experience rapid improvement in their condition, although it may take weeks or months to see the full benefits of the procedure.

An early diagnosis is typically an indicator of successful treatment, but even those patients who have had symptoms for years may improve with treatment.

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