Some patients have a higher likelihood of benefiting from CSF diversion than others, in terms of motor function. Up to three-fourths of patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus in which gait dysfunction is the primary symptom will improve after shunting. On the other hand, patients with dementia and no gait disorder will rarely benefit from surgery.

In children, shunt placement for high pressure hydrocephalus is likely to lead to complete reversal of high pressure symptoms.

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