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What is pseudotumor cerebri?

What is pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition in which the intracranial pressure is too high which leads to optic nerve damage and vision loss. It is diagnosed by imaging the brain by ct scan or MRI and a spinal tap. ...Read more

Dr. Indravadan Gatiwala
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Pseudotumor Cerebri (Definition)

A condition in which the pressure inside your skull increases when there is no obvious cause. Although symptoms may resemble those of a brain tumor, there is no actual tumor present. The condition occurs more commonly in obese women, especially those ...Read more


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What are the tests for pseudotumor cerebri?

What are the tests for pseudotumor cerebri?

Lumbar Puncture/MRI: These two tests help diagnose pseudotumor cerebri. It is usually a type of high spinal fluid pressure in the brain. It can cause many problems and should be evaluated by your family md, a neurosurgeon, and probably a neuroopthalmologist. ...Read more

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Pseudotumor cerebri disability, what to do?

Options: Treatment of pseudotumor cerebri can include serial spinal taps, medications, weight loss, treatment of medical conditions predisposing to pseudotumor, and ultimately if all else fails a shunt is placed to lower high pressure. The primary risk is damage to the optic nerves if left untreated. ...Read more

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Are there drugs to cure pseudotumor cerebri?

Are there drugs to cure pseudotumor cerebri?

No: There are drugs (acetazolamide and other diuretics) that may alleviate the symptoms of paeudorumor very well, and pseudotumor may often go into remission, but it's hard to call them cures. ...Read more

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How many people suffer from pseudotumor cerebri?

How many people suffer from pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a relatively common neurologic illness and may be an important preventable cause of blindness in obese young women. As far as incidence I would imagine 1 per 100, 000 to as many as 13 in 100, 000 based on the abstracts. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri typically occurs in females, overweight and in the teens or early adulthood. The symptoms include headache, severe at times and with worsening symptoms can affect vision with vision loss. ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions for pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor: Pseudotumor cerebri or benign intracranial hypertension is a disorder characterized by elevation of intracranial pressure. Clinically, there is a vascular headache followed by blur rinses of vision. Diagnosis is based on clinical examination, neuroimaging and spinal tap. Usually is treated with medication, but sometimes surgical procedures need to be performed. ...Read more

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Could pseudotumor cerebri be related to navy service?

If you had TBI maybe: There is a long list of things that contribute to pseudotumor. Lead poisoning, tetracycline use, brain surgery, hormone disorder, iron deficiency, hyper or hypovitaminosis a, osa, tbi, obesity. ...Read more

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What others conditions can mimic pseudotumor cerebri?

Malignant htn: Extreme elevations in blood pressure can cause headaches and edema of the optic nerves. Tumors of the brain can also symptoms similar to pseudotumor. ...Read more

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I've got pseudotumor cerebri and I want to know the cause of it?

Pseudotumor cerebri: In most cases the cause of pc is not really known. There are however some drugs that have been know to induce the disorder but in most cases the cause is not often found. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person with pseudotumor cerebri to have kids?

See below: There have been studies, and women with psuedotumor cerebri have no more complications than women without. Should discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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How come I have pseudotumor cerebri, but nobody else in the family has it?

It isn't hereditary: Not every thing is hereditary. And sometimes this is a complication from another illness. ...Read more

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Can pseudotumor cerebri be fatal?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotomor cerebri is a very serious disorder and needs to be treated, usually by a neurologist and if treated is rarely fatal. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?

What are the signs and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Common symptoms are headaches, changes in vision with change in posture, ringing in the ears, nausea, double vision. Signs observed on eye exam include ocular misalignment and swelling of the optic nerves (papilledema). ...Read more

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Have people died from pseudotumor cerebri? If so how many?

Loss of vision: Is your biggest concerns. Some conditions that can produce pseudotumor can kill you (hypervitaminosis A for instance) Pseudotumor cerebri causing death.....only in a contributory way (suicide) ...Read more

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What are pseudotumor cerebri headaches like? Where are they located?

What are pseudotumor cerebri headaches like? Where are they located?

Variable: The headaches are due to an equally distributed increased intracranial pressure. For that reason, they are often on both sides of the head- either front or back. Patients will also often have visual complaints and headaches behind the eyes. The headaches are often worsened with bending over and with valsalva. The headaches can be positional better either lying or standing. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person with pseudotumor cerebri to have kids and not go blind?

Is it possible for a person with pseudotumor cerebri to have kids and not go blind?

Find cause: You'll be fine, but there needs to be a determination of causation for the pseudotumor. Most often it is drug related. The two most common reasons are overdose of vitamin a and use of tetracycline antibiotics. Since it is usually caused by a drug reaction, once its cleared, pregnancy is safe. ...Read more

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