Department of Neurosurgery


New Multidisciplinary Clinic Opens at Rhode Island Hospital

Rhode Island Hospital has opened a new center to help diagnose an often misdiagnosed disorder in older patients.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

When this happens, it causes neurological symptoms that may be diagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Diseases…

Once diagnosed, treatments are often effective.

‘The treatment for NPH is to implant a drain in to the drain,’ said Akbar.

‘It’s a long established and old treatment that’s been offered for hydrocephalus and we see very favorable results,’ said Klinge. ‘All aspects of the problem do improve and the mental problems, the walking disability, less falls, and often also the incontinence–the urinary problem.'”

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Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine