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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Recently I have been falling down a lot of an average a month. Should i be worried?

Maybe. See your doct: See your doctor or a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Increased intracranial pressure can cause symptoms with poor balance, walking problems, ataxia, etc and you should be evaluated professionally soon. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Unknown cause: Ideopathic means unknown. Pressure in the brain is usually due to tumor or infection. If these are ruled out, the pressure is considered ideopathic. Another term can be pseudo tumor. There can be normal pressure hydrocephalus in the elderly, but reducing "pressure" makes them better. ...Read more

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Had my idiopathic intracranial hypertension came back?

Had my idiopathic intracranial hypertension came back?

Pseudotumor cerebri: This is a serious disorder and there are a number of treatments available including medication to reduce the pressure. There is also a surgical procedure that requires placing a tube in the spine canal and diverting excess spinal fluid into the abdomen. If you are seeing a neurologist for this the various options can be explained more fully ...Read more

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What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Spinal tap: The most direct test is to measure pressure in the spinal fluid. This is done with a spinal tap and pressure measuring column. The fluid column is measured, and then the fluid is drained off. Just draining the fluid can relieve symptoms. Analysis of the fluid would rule out more serious conditions. This procedure is easily performed in a doctor's office or emergency room. ...Read more

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Do you know anything on idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

PseudoTumor Cerebri: Also called Benign Intracranial Hypertension or Psedotumo Cerebri It is a neurological disorder in ehich there is increased Intracranial Pressure when there is no tumor other disease Symptoms are Headache Nausea and Vomiting and pulsating sounds in the ears,double vision.It can lead to swelling of theoptic nerve if not treated&loss of vision Diagnosed by Brain Scan&LP Treated with rpt LPs& Diamox (acetazolamide) ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what causes it ?

Pseudotumor Cerebri: Condition results in abnormal accumulation of too much intracranial fluid, causing headaches, changes in visual acuity, and obscurational attacks. It seems related to obesity, menstrual and hormonal dysfunction, cerebral vein obstruction, toxins such as high levels of vitamin A, certain antibiotic reactions, and more, BUT not clear why the system fails. Diamox (acetazolamide) and brain shunting may help. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of tests used for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Spinal tap: The neurologic exam and the history obtained by the neurologist are the starting point. Examination of the eyes and the fundi of the eye can give information about whether or not there is pressure transmitted to the optic apparatus. Ct scans or mris rule out any mass lesion or obstructive hydrocephalus.A spinal tap is done to document the CSF pressure and if there is any relief with removal of csf. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my idiopathic intracranial hypertension is caused by lupus? I have been diagnosed with both.

Is it possible that my idiopathic intracranial hypertension is caused by lupus? I have been diagnosed with both.

Pseudotumor: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is associated with obesity, use of some medications and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Lupus usually does not cause pseudotumor (IIH). However, lupus may have increased clotting tendency which may lead to venous sinus thrombosis and IIH. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I checked my BP during a headache and it was 130/117. Is this normal. It's the diastolic that seems weird?

I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I checked my BP during a headache and it was 130/117. Is this normal. It's the diastolic that seems weird?

High BP: You are correct, the 117 is high. However, a number of factors contribute to bp, and pain is one of them. When you are suffering with pain, especially severe pain, BP readings usually elevate. If you have no history of hypertension, you should take your BP at about the same time over multiple days and record it.Without a headache your BP should be normal.Then take BP with headache and compare. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What are the signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Hypertesnion: Most common symptoms are headaches, if the pressure gets high visual blurriness and visual loss can also occur. ...Read more

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With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

Pseudotumor cerebri: The treatment is based on diagnosis and the amount of pressure plus visual issues and more importantly visual loss - the treatment plan is typically put together with a neurologist and a neurosurgeon working together. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Hydrocephalus or IIH: Hydrocephalus usually refers to a condition in which the cerebrospinal (CSF) fluid that surrounds the brain becomes trapped in the ventricles where much of this fluid is stored and the ventricles become dilated. There are many known causes. Iih is a condition in which the pressure is increased in the head but the ventricles are not dilated. The cause of iih remains less clear. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what can it cause left sided headaches ?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what can it cause left sided headaches

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IIH: It's a disorder where elevated pressure in the head can cause vision loss & headache. Left-sided headaches suggest migraine more than IIH. If IIH, headache should be worst upon awakening. Diagnosis shouldn't be made without seeing an ophthalmologist to confirm papilledema and to perform Humphrey Visual Fields. I have patients see ophtho before doing spinal tap. I'm available for consults. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension, taking diamox (acetazolamide). How can I help relieve the pressure naturally? Herbs, foods, drinks, meds?

I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension, taking diamox (acetazolamide). How can I help relieve the pressure naturally?  Herbs, foods, drinks, meds?

Weight loss: I am not sure if herbals exist out there to fight pseudotumor. However, given the high association with obesity, weight loss is thought to help significantly. Also, all patients with the diagnosis of "pseudotumor" should get an MRI to look at the veins draining the brain to make sure a blockage isn't causing the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri)?

Pseudotumor: is caused by an imbalance of CSF production vs. resorption. The list of causes is lengthy. Low Vit A or iron, elevated Vit A, female gender, obesity or weight gain, tetracycline exposure, obstructive sleep apnea and endocrinologic disorders are contributory. The headaches are typically mild to moderate, diffuse and worsen with reclining. There may be blurring of vision or diplopia. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Hypertension (Definition)

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