Shunting for normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

T Esmonde

July 01, 2007


Date of Most Recent Substantive Amendment: 2002 03 14

Since the condition was first described in 1965, the syndrome of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) has conventionally been managed by placement of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt.

To determine the effectiveness of shunting procedures in promoting stability or improvement in the neurological symptoms and signs of NPH.

The trials were identified from a search of the Specialized Register of the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group on 5 April 2006 using the terms "shunt " and "normal pressure hydrocephalus". This Register contains records from all major healthcare databases and many ongoing trial databases and is updated regularly.

Studies included for analysis were those involving the placement of a CSF shunt for the treatment of NPH as part of a randomized controlled trial.

No data matching the selection criteria were found.

No randomized controlled trials of shunt placement versus no shunt were found.

There is no evidence to indicate whether placement of a shunt is effective in the management of NPH.


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