Studies show that normal pressure hydrocephalus, or NPH, is often misdiagnosed as conditions such as Parkinson's, dementia, or Alzheimer's because it has similar symptoms. NPH occurs when there is a build up of spinal fluid in the brain. The excessive cerebral spinal fluid causes ventricles to be enlarged. This appears in CT imaging scans as black area.
When treating NPH, doctors use stints to drain the fluid from the brain. Soon after, patients with NPH will see symptoms like difficulty balancing, tremors, and difficulty speaking resolve. One patient, 69-year old Ramona Luckman, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2007, but two years later, after viewing CT scans, doctors realized that they had made the wrong diagnosis and determined that she had NPH. After treatment, symptoms quickly subsided and eventually disappeared.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a missed or wrong diagnosis, contact the Green Bay missed/wrong diagnosis attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to learn more about how we can help you.