This type of walking is about wide base, small steps'. Patients also have difficulty turning (they turn with a series of small steps). The appearance of the gait resembles a lacunary gait. There is also basophobia (fear of falling) and a certain feeling of vertigo. The frontal type of gait is typical of normotensive hydrocephalus, where it represents one of the 3 main symptoms (gait disorder, dementia, incontinence). A gait disorder usually develops before dementia. It always develops gradually, it never arises acutely from full health (from normal walking). In the case of normotensive hydrocephalus, it is very easy to induce relief of the problem (with a one-time removal of 50 ml of liquor lumbar puncture or 5-day lumbar drainage, the symptoms will be quickly corrected). The treatment of normotensive hydrocephalus consists in the introduction of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt.
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