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Alternative Treatments For Benign Intracranial Hypertension
I have swollen optic nerves but why was I diagnosed with benign intracranial hypertension even though my opening pressure was normal at 15?
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
I am taking Doxycycline and experiencing headache and light headedness. Could it be the medicine? Could it be Benign Intracranial Hypertension?
Yes: If you have blurred vision or worsening of a diffuse headache with reclining I would be concerned about Pseudotumor. We usually see loss of spontaneous venous pulsations in the back of the eye on exam. A lumbar puncture with an opening pressure of greater than 20 CM H2O is typically seen. Removal of some CSF should get rid of symptoms. Look for other causes. Diamox, Topamax (topiramate) and Zonegran can help. ...Read more
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
Hypertesnion: Most common symptoms are headaches, if the pressure gets high visual blurriness and visual loss can also occur. ...Read more
ComplexHighRiskIssue: Seemingly simple questions often do not have simple & accurate answers. While I work to provide accurate & reasonably thorough answers (look for yourself), unfortunately, you have offered far too little information (no insult intended) about the individual & situation in question to even know where to begin without strong odds of offering irrelevant or even potentially harmful answers. ...Read more
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
What can you tell me about the ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephaly?
Pressure outlet: The shunt relieves the pressure that can build up in the head in this condition. While the shunt is not without risks, untreated hydrocephaly can lead to worsened cognitive problems and even be life threatening (depending on age). ...Read more
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
Where is the location of a headache from intracranial hypertension? I have a headache on the top of my head, its not bad just feels tight and achy?
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
Read this :
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/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
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
Sometimes: Many times patients develop transient obscurations of vision, or brief episodes of blurry vision. These are temporary if treatment ensues promptly. Long term high intracranial pressure can produce permanent defects in vision due to damage of the optic nerve. This condition needs to be closely monitored by both neurologists and ophthalmologists. ...Read more
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
Read this :
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/idiopathic_intracranial_hypertension.
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
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
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
How does derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalus or intracranial hypertension work?
Can you tell me operation of derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalous or intracranial hypertension?
Read this, not sure what you're asking but the answer is likely in this:
http://www. Hydroassoc. Org/hydrocephalus-education-and-support/learning-about-hydrocephalus/shunts/ ...Read more
Can you tell me about the experienced of ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephalous?
Effective: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts have been used for decades. They are safe and effective. However they have to be monitored to assure the do not malfunction. ...Read more
Diagnosed with intracranial hypertension vestibular dysfunction and can they be linked postural dizziness?
Could a RECURRING clot in my dural venous sinuses be causing my 3year history of idiopathic intracranial hypertension?
Probably not: A dural venous sinus thrombosis is a life threatening illness. It is rare to see it outside of head trauma, the thrombotic complications of pregnancy or severe chronic sinusitis. The thrombus can be imaged on an MRV scan. IIH, most commonly stays as IIH. See your neurologist to ease your fears. Best wishes for good health. ...Read more
All persons have pressure in their brain fluid that can vary with position, respiration, bearing down, cough, etc. However, if the fluid pressure is very high, it can cause pressure on structures in and around the brain. The most sensitive test is the spinal tap with pressure monitor that can measure in mm of mercury or cm of water. For high pressures the ...Read more
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