LinkMed’s portfolio company Likvor has received its first order for the Likvor CELDA™ system from a customer outside Sweden. The order comes from Aalborg Hospital which is the largest hospital in the North Denmark Region. This is the fifth order for the instrument since it got CE marked in September, 2009. With Likvor CELDA™ the clinic will be able to measure the dynamics of the most important parameters concerning the patients’ cerebrospinal fluid including pressure and flow in a controlled and safe process. Likvor CELDA™ was developed to facilitate greater understanding and enhance diagnosis of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), a condition that is often mistaken for dementia.
Likvor CELDA™ is the first commercially approved instrument for assessing the flow of CSF fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It increases the possibility for patients who suffer from NPH to receive a correct diagnosis and therefore the appropriate treatment in the form of a shunt implant that diverts and regulates CSF pressure and flow. An accurate diagnosis means large gains for the patient and family, but also for society as a whole.
Likvor CELDA™ is used with a special developed catheter, CELDA TOOLS™ that is a disposable for one time use only.
Hidden and misdiagnosed disease Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a relatively unknown disease that is often mistakenly diagnosed as dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. This is because the symptoms, including disturbances in gait, confusion and urinary incontinence, are similar to those of dementia, plus that NPH is a condition that mainly occurs in people over the age of 55. Studies have shown that up to 10 percent of dementia patients may actually be suffering from NPH.
NPH is a condition that is relatively easily treated by the insertion of a shunt, which helps the patient to regulate CSF flow and pressure.