If your symptoms are mild, your St. Luke’s physician may decide to monitor your situation; you may experience no increase in degree.
If your symptoms are or become moderate or severe, the general solution for this condition is to find a way to get the cerebrospinal fluid to drain. This involves surgery.
Before surgery, your physician may want to do a test to find evidence that it will reach the intended goal. To this end, your gait may be tested; a spinal tap done to drain excess fluid; and then your gait is tested again. This way, your symptoms could be measured before and after the drainage to see if it has achieved the desired result.
A cerebral shunt may be recommended to relieve pressure on the brain caused by fluid accumulation. Another minimally invasive procedure is called endoscopic third ventriculostomy.
If you are not a candidate for surgery, your physician may treat you with medicine that can help alleviate some mood or behavior issues that have been brought on by the condition. You may see occupational or physical therapists for help with daily tasks or walking.