This isn’t a normal topic for me but want to get this information out as it might help somebody. A member of my family was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus and I had to Google to understand what it is, here is what I found:
Hydrocephalus is the buildup of fluid in cavities called ventricles deep within the brain. The excess fluid increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid usually flows through the ventricles and bathes the brain and spinal column. But the pressure of too much cerebrospinal fluid can damage brain tissues and cause a range of symptoms related to brain function. Hydrocephalus can happen at any age, but it occurs more often among infants and among adults 60 and older. Surgery can restore and maintain healthy cerebrospinal fluid levels in the brain.
Among adults 60 and older, the more common symptoms of hydrocephalus are: Loss of bladder control or needing to urinate often, memory loss, progressive loss of thinking or reasoning skills, trouble walking, often described as shuffling or the feeling of the feet being stuck and poor coordination or balance.
Hydrocephalus it is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease and that is why I am sharing this. My family member was diagnosed, last week took him to Orlando where they drained some spinal fluid and the difference in 24 hours was amazing. Hopefully he is a candidate for the surgery, in a few weeks. Google it, share it maybe somebody you know could benefit from this! Feel free to contact me for my limited knowledge on this disease.
Dick Betts, REALTOR®
The Betts Team
Touchstone Real Estate
The Villages, Florida
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