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Doctor insights on: Cerebri Pseudotumor

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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

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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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What is the definition or description of: Pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: This is a condition when pressure within the skull (intracranial pressure) increases without an obvious reason why. It's calle "pseudotumor" because the symptoms can mimic those of having a tumor or something compressing the brain. Headaches and visual problems tend to be among the more common symptoms. Often diagnosis can be made or suggested by noting changes in the eye with an ophtalmoscope ...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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I was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri. I just started the meds friday. Is there anything I can do to help with the headaches until the meds kick in?

Maybe: Your headaches are likely secondary to increased intracranial pressure and other than analgesic meds, such as narcotics, you likely will have pain for a while. But during this time, a low salt diet will help, and a decrease in fluid intake may make a difference. Try elevating your head when laying supine. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Is pseudotumor cerebri genetic?

Pseudotumor cerebri: There are have some cases described where pseudotumor cerebri seems to run in the family and a genetic/hereditary basis is suspected. However that is the exception and most cases are not inherited. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for pseudotumor cerebri?

Lumbar puncture: Repeated lumbar punctures, steroids and diuretics such as Diamox (acetazolamide) are the usual treatments occasionally a shunt may have to be created by the surgeon for the reduction of pressure if conservative treatment fails. ...Read more

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What is the usual treatment for pseudotumor cerebri?

What is the usual treatment for pseudotumor cerebri?

Non-operative: Weight loss will often help. Many patients will respond to fluid restriction, corticosteroids and diuretics. In rare cases either optic nerve fenestration or shunting may be required but these are really last resort choices. Visual loss is possible and must be checked carefully. ...Read more

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Can you regain vision loss due to pseudotumor cerebri?

Can you regain vision loss due to pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor: Vision loss in pseudotumor is due to compression of the optic nerve. Recovery is the rule but if the condition is unrecognized, or lasts a very long time without treatment, then the vision may not fully recover. It is important to get the cerebrospinal fluid pressure lowered as soon as possible. A neurologist or neuro-ophthalmologist should be consulted for this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a pseudotumor cerebri from accutane?

Yes it has been: Reported just as with minocycline. It is readily treatable when recognized. Most patients that developed benign intracranial hypertension within weeks of starting these agents. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between lupus and pseudotumor cerebri?

Is there a connection between lupus and pseudotumor cerebri?

Possibly: There does seem to be an association between lupus and pseudotumor cerebri. But the association may be spurious and related to cerebral venous thrombosis (lupus is often associated with hypercoaguability) or side effects of corticosteroids which are used sometimes to treat lupus. ...Read more

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What are the testing for pseudotumor cerebri? What is treatment

Eye exam, LP: Opthalmologic exam showing swelling of the optic disks, visual acuity and field testing showing potential loss of peripheral vision,
If severe acuity in general. lumbar puncture done in supine position showing elevated opening pressure. Txt: Diamox, if severe visual issues optic nerve fernestration, csf shunting and weight loss ...Read more

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If there any relation between pseudotumor cerebri and white matter lesions?

Major: One (pc) is usually a temporary issue sometimes related to medications and usually reversible if treated in time. White matter lesions are likely permanent if not progressive. ...Read more

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