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How is dementia related to hydrocephalus?

Dementia can be the result of damage to the brain tissue caused by hydrocephalus. Once hydrocephalus-induced dementia is suspected, your doctor will take an image of the brain to confirm the diagnosis. A shunt can be inserted into the affected area of the brain to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid. The shunt may relieve other symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus, such as an impaired walking ability and loss of bladder control. The best way to prevent dementia from resulting from hydrocephalus is to catch the condition early before the excess fluid build up has a chance to damage the brain tissue.

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