Table 1

Baseline characteristics of patients and clinical outcome after shunting in 17 patients with idiopathic adult hydrocephalus syndrome

CharacteristicsMean (SD)
Patients (n)17
Age (y)72.2 (3.7)
Sex (F/M)5/12
Body mass index25.4 (3.0)
Ischaemic score (points)7 2.2 (1.9)
Hypertension (medically treated) (%)56
Diabetes (%)26
Ischaemic heart disease (%)22
Severity of disease:
 Mini mental state estimation (points)5 23.7 (5.6)
 Bartel (points; max 70 points)6 66.2 (18.6)
 Gait velocity (m/s)0.8 (0.4)
Symptoms:
 Gait5
 Gait + dementia4
 Gait + incontinence5
 Gait + dementia + incontinence3
Duration of disease (y %):
 < 1 28
 1-2 39
 > 3 44
CSF hydrodynamics:
 Pcl (kPa)2.0 (0.6)
 Gop (mm3/kPa x s)9.4 (3.6)
CT scan:
 Frontal horn index8 0.34 (0.04)
Outcome (3 months postoperative, gait, %):
 Marked improvement44
 Moderate improvement34
 No improvement22
  • Pcl=lumbar CSF pressure; Gop=CSF outflow conductance.