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How serious is papilledema?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Can be: But if someone found it in your eyes, they should be working it up.
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Papilledema : Papilledema is a very serious condition where the optic nerves are swollen because of higher than normal spinal fluid pressure in the brain and can lead to permanent vision loss and damage to the optic nerve if the reason for the high pressure is not treated promptly

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is papilledema serious?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is papilledema a serious condition?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: Papilledema means a swollen optic nerve from increased intracranial pressure. The increased pressure must be investigated and treated. Otherwise the optic nerve may become damaged and you will become blind. Also the cause of the increased pressure could be life-threatening as well.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is papilledema?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Optic nerve swelling: Due to increased intracranial pressure. Papilledema can cause permanent damage to one's vision if the intracranial pressure is not lowered to a normal level.

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