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is papilledema serious?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
Yes: Papilledema is the swelling of one's optic nerves due to increased intracranial pressure (icp). The cause of the increased icp must be investigated, usually with brain imaging and possibly with a lumbar puncture. There are also many causes of optic nerve swelling that are not due to increased icp (hence they are not called papilledema). Optic nerve swelling can cause loss of vision over time.
Answered on Jul 5, 2017
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Papilledema: Papilledema signifies a problem with spinal fluid pressure in the brain and needs immediate medical attention.
Answered on Jan 25, 2015
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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Yes: Papilledema means a swollen optic nerve from increased intracranial pressure. The increased pressure must be investigated and treated. Otherwise the ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Chang
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Can be: But if someone found it in your eyes, they should be working it up.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Serious: These issues can cause vision loss so they are definitely serious.
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