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How do I care for an older adult with acquired hydrocephalus?

Acquired hydrocephalus can affect anyone at any age after birth and is caused by other conditions such as stroke or tumors. If you are caring for an older adult with acquired hydrocephalus, they are already being treated for the trauma or disease that caused this condition. Therefore, it is essential to know their treatment plan for the underlying condition and help them follow it. You should also be aware of the symptoms they experienced at the onset of acquired hydrocephalus. If these symptoms should reoccur, they should see their doctor right away, as their shunt may not be working.

If you are caring for an older adult who is experiencing urinary incontinence, difficulty walking, and problems thinking clearly, a physical and neurological exam should be done, especially if they have just experienced head trauma or a stroke. These could be the signs of acquired hydrocephalus.

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