Pseudotumor Cerebri (cont.)
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- What is pseudotumor cerebri (Idiopathic intracranial hypertension)?
- What are the symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?
- How is pseudotumor cerebri treated?
- What is the prognosis for patient's with pseudotumor cerebri?
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What are the symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include symptoms that closely mimic large brain tumors:
How is pseudotumor cerebri treated?
- Obesity, other treatable diseases, and some medications can cause raised intracranial pressure and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri.
- A thorough medical history and physical examination is needed to evaluate these factors.
- If a diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri is confirmed, close, repeated ophthalmologic exams are required to monitor any changes in vision.
- Drugs may be used to reduce fluid buildup and to relieve pressure.
- Weight loss and cessation of certain drugs (including
tetracycline, and a variety of steroids) may lead to improvement.
- Surgery may be needed to remove pressure on the optic nerve. Therapeutic shunting, which involves surgically inserting a tube to drain CSF from the lower spine into the abdominal cavity, may be needed to remove excess CSF and relieve CSF pressure.
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