My Dad has adult onset hydrocephalus the cause is not certain although they did once mention it might have been caused by strokes. His symptoms have been cognitive decline and incontinence but his gait is not bad for his age and frail condition. His geriatrician did not think he would be a good candidate for a shunt. My sister (she is his health proxy) decided to take him to a specialist in another city. From what my Mom tells me the specialists are saying it is worth a try.
On the one hand it would be great if the shunt helped on the other hand I'm reading there is no way of knowing and even when it does help the benefits might be temporary. Dad already has quite a bit of brain atrophy and dead brain tissue. I don't think this can be reversed but maybe the shunt could help delay his decline however there are risks and Dad is very frail right now. If I ask my sister anything about Dads medical stuff she gets angry and accuses me of second guessing her and interfering. I would rather avoid that so I'm trying to find out more on my own just so I have a better idea of what to expect. Anyway I just wondered if anyone here has had personal experience with this? Thanks