A new study reported in the Daily Mail claims that thousands of people suffering from a reversible brain condition may be languishing in care homes because they have been wrongly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
About 20,000 Britons are thought to have normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), a condition caused by fluid becoming trapped on the brain.
According to Dr. Mark Luciano, a neurosurgeon at a Cleveland clinic in the US says, “No one knows how often N.P.H. occurs because it is so often missed or misdiagnosed. Estimates range from 50,000 to 375,000 people in the United States, with a higher figure more likely to be correct.”
“As well as memory loss and disorientation – symptoms also associated with dementia. NPH can cause a loss of balance and a slow shifting walk ‘as if your feet are stuck to the floor’ As a result, it can often be spotted by Podiatrists rather than GP”⠀