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Wet Wobbly Wacky Mnemonic for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Wet Wobbly Wacky Mnemonic/Acronym

Wet Wobbly Wacky Mnemonic for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus is one of the most popular and useful mnemonics to remember the symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. It can be a little difficult to remember the symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus for your biology class or the MCAT. But this article will help you. 

What does Wet Wobbly Wacky stand for?

  • Wet – Incontinence

  • Wobbly – Gait instability

  • Wacky – Cognitive changes – Dementia

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus causes a classic symptom triad—incontinence (“wet”),  (“wobbly”), and Dementia / cognitive changes (“wacky”).

 

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Short summary of the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a potentially reversible cause of dementia. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) abnormally accumulates in the brain’s ventricles in people with normal pressure hydrocephalus. It causes a classic symptom triad.

  • Incontinence (“wet”)
  • Gait instability (“wobbly”)
  • Cognitive changes (“wacky”).

Clinicians discovered those three minor impairments in patients with hydrocephalus and normal CSF pressure in 1965, and they were the ones who initially described it.

 

 

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