The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is hosting its annual meeting this week in Washington D.C. The AAN meeting brings together neurologists from across the United States and the world, to discuss the latest in research and clinical practice. The Hydrocephalus Association is attending and exhibiting at the event, providing us the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest in hydrocephalus and treatment, bringing the patient voice to the doctors, and strengthening our connections to the neurological community.
This morning Dr. Michael Williams and Dr. Mark Luciano, both principal investigators for the HA-funded Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN) and members of HA’s Medical Advisory Board, led a course discussing What Neurologists really need to know about Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. During the course Drs. Williams and Luciano reviewed key clinical and radiographic features that suggest the need for specific idiopathic NPH testing. Contemporary diagnostic approaches to idiopathic NPH, including lumbar puncture, continuous CSF drainage, and advanced neuroimaging techniques, were outlined, and the longitudinal management of idiopathic NPH patients with shunts, including the use of programmable shunts by neurologists to improve INPH symptoms or address shunt complications, were reviewed.