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Doctor insights on: Drug Therapy For Increased Intracranial Pressure

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Why is a person with increased intracranial pressure given the drug mannitol?

Why is a person with increased intracranial pressure given the drug mannitol?

Decrease pressure: Mannitol is used to manipulate osmotic (or oncotic) forces to shift water from the tissue into the blood vessels. In the kidney, mannitol increases water excretion. So, in patients with increased intracranial pressure, the intent is to decrease the pressure by using mannitol to "pull" fluid out of the brain and then excrete it via the kidneys. ...Read more

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Why does hypertension cause increased intracranial pressure?

Why does hypertension cause increased intracranial pressure?

No it does not: Increase intracranial Pressure is the increase pressure inside the skull and thereby in the cerebrospinal fluid and brain itself. But it is not caused by Systemic Hypertension ...Read more

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Is neck and back pain possible signs of increased intracranial pressure?

Is neck and back pain possible signs of increased intracranial pressure?

No it is not: No by itself nack and back pain does not indicate or raises suspicion of increased intracranial pressure just inquisitive why did you ask this question? ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mild increased intracranial pressure?

What are the symptoms of mild  increased intracranial pressure?

Mild????: There may be no symptoms of mild increased intracranial pressure. And how do you know it is mild? I'm not sure what mild increased intracranial pressure is because increased pressure is increased pressure. Increased pressure is not good. Symptoms may be headache, visual loss, dizziness, weakness, delerium, confusion, and many others. ...Read more

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Will fludrocortisone 0.1mg cause a lot of increased intracranial pressure? Just wondered.

Will fludrocortisone 0.1mg cause a lot of increased intracranial pressure? Just wondered.

May or may not: Fludrocortisone is mineralocortcoid helps body to retain sodium. It depends why one is taking this drud, if one has salt retaining hormone deficiency like addison disease and is taking right dose then no side effects. Excess of it can cause high blood pressure bu not increas intracranial pressure. This drug is also used for orthodtatic low blood pressure. In summary it can cause high blood press. ...Read more

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Why is a person with increased intracranial pressure given the diuretic mannitol?

Why is a person with increased intracranial pressure  given the diuretic mannitol?

Mannitol: Mannitol works to reduce intracranial pressure through its diuretic properties. It is usually used in the acute setting (after head trauma). ...Read more

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If increased intracranial pressure(icp) is contraindicated in lumbar puncture, why one of the indication of this procedure is to decrease the icp?

If increased intracranial pressure(icp) is contraindicated in lumbar puncture, why one of the indication of this procedure is to decrease the icp?

Different situations: It depends on the clinical situation. If there is a mass lesion in the brain that causes a differential pressure between the supratentorial and infratentorial areas, lumbar puncture can accentuate the difference and lead to herniation of brain downward. If there isn't this differential (communicating hydrocephalus), a spinal tap can decrease the pressure uniformly throught the CSF system. ...Read more

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Could brain tumors always cause increased intracranial pressure?

Could brain tumors always cause increased intracranial pressure?

It depends on size: There is limited space inside the skull. So any space occupying lesion causes rise in intracranial pressure once it gets to a size above 1 or 2 cms. ...Read more