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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

Dr. Barbara Hurlbert
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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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I have pseudotumor cerebri and lupus. Is it ok to do Bikram yoga? I'm on acetazolamide and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

I have pseudotumor cerebri and lupus. Is it ok to do Bikram yoga? I'm on acetazolamide and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

Ask your MD: Bikram yoga has 26 positions with some a little extreme considering the effort involved. I would print them out and show to your Doctor before enrolling. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between optic nerve atrophy and pseudotumor cerebri?

Is there a connection between optic nerve atrophy and pseudotumor cerebri?

Increase pressure: When spinal fluid pressure increase it compromise blood flow to the optic nerves. ...Read more

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Are there adverse effects of Plan B on pseudotumor cerebri?

Are there adverse effects of Plan B on pseudotumor cerebri?

Unknown: The cause of pseudotumor cerebri is uknown. It has been associated with implantable contraceptive devices, such as the Norplant and Mirena iud, which contain levonorgestrel. Plan b consists of a dose of Levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. There are not studies showing direct causation. Discuss with the clinicians taking care of the condition before using this medication. ...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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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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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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Are there any like between pseudotumor cerebri and increased globulin levels?

Not directly: The real question involves whether the levels are markers for underlying endocrinological imbalance, or an effect of hormonal dysfunction, and if so, the underlying cause should be addressed. But the simple presence of increased globulin levels does not affect intracranial pressure issues. ...Read more

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I take 1000 mg Diamox (acetazolamide) BID for Pseudotumor Cerebri same dose for 6 months. Tonight I only had 750 mg left. I took it but should I expect any problems?

I take 1000 mg Diamox (acetazolamide) BID for Pseudotumor Cerebri same dose for 6 months. Tonight I only had 750 mg left. I took it but should I expect any problems?

Possible headache: With the lower dose you may experience a return of symptoms. You should get your prescription refilled tonight either through your doctor or via live consult here on Health Tap. ...Read more

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Can sudden blindness be related to pseudotumor cerebri?

Can sudden blindness be related to pseudotumor cerebri?

Explanation: The increased intracranial pressure does affect vision with periodic "obscurational" episodes, but sudden bilateral complete blindness does not occur. Instead the vision becomes very blurred with significant degradation which initially returns. If the pressure is not controlled, there is a steady worsening of vision that can lead to blindness. ...Read more

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Will pseudotumor cerebri kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will pseudotumor cerebri kill me if I don't get treatment?

See doctor: Pseudotumor cerebri is an acquired condition that mimics increased pressure on the brain, but is usually benign. The most common cause is excessive vitamin a & beta carotene intake. Also, some medications can cause it- most notably tetracycline antibiotics. It won't kill you if you see your doctor and identify the cause in your case. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for pseudotumor cerebri is there a special diet?

I have a vp shunt for pseudotumor cerebri is there a special diet?

Pseudotumor cerebri: There is no specific diet, but I would watch the salt and fluid intake. ...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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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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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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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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What to do if I have a vp shunt for pseudotumor cerebri?

What to do if I have a vp shunt for pseudotumor cerebri?

Consult a neurosurgn: If you are having headaches or more importantly, changes in your vision, you need to see a neurosurgeon to have your shunt checked. Pseudotumor can be treated with a shunt, but if the shunt stops working, the symptoms may return. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for pseudotumor cerebri?

Are there alternative treatments for pseudotumor cerebri?

No: Pseudotumor cerebri can occasionally result in visual loss and blindness in addition to severe headaches. Pseudotumor needs to be carefully followed by an eye doctor and sometimes a neurologist as well. 90% of people with pseudotumor are obese females and weight loss, sometimes modest amounts, can be a highly effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can you take provera (medroxyprogesterone) with pseudotumor cerebri?

See below: You can - but make sure you tell your ob/gyn first prior to taking it. So do not take until your own ob/gyn approves it. ...Read more

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How can you lose weight the fastest to put the pseudotumor cerebri in remission?

Life Style Change: I tell all my pseudotumor patients that this is a wake up call. You need to change your lifestyle. Change your mentality. Reset your thermostat!
you need to cut down on how much you each, what quality food you eat, how much your spend (exercise) and how you change your mentality to avoid your addictions (fat, chocolate. ..). It's tough, but what you are currently doing ain't workin! ...Read more

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Can pseudotumor cerebri cause auditory and visual hallucinations or is it just anxiety?

Unlikely: Pseudotumor is a state of brain swelling of uncertain cause. Steroids and excess vitamin a can cause this as well as toxic effects of some medications including antibiotics. The pressure should not cause these symptoms, but the toxic state may be the cause. ...Read more

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What are the chances pseudotumor cerebri goes away through medication and weight loss? And what is the reoccurrence rate?

What are the chances pseudotumor cerebri goes away through medication and weight loss? And what is the reoccurrence rate?

Good chance: Recurrence of pseudotumor is directly related to your weight. Weight increases in the chance that you may come back is high. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri. Is there another way to manage the condition so I won't have to get the spinal tap to relieve the pressure?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Typically spinal tap is used for Diagnosis and not as a mode of treatment. Medication, acetazolamide is typically used as well as other things like weight loss if appropriate... ...Read more

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I have pseudotumor cerebri. I take 500mg Diamox (acetazolamide) daily. I also get migraines. Is this a separate problem or do the conditions aggravate eachother?

I have pseudotumor cerebri. I take 500mg Diamox (acetazolamide) daily. I also get migraines. Is this a separate problem or do the conditions aggravate eachother?

Headaches: Pseudotumor cerebri is condition where there is increased pressure around your brain. Both pseudotumor and migraine can cause severe headaches so it is very possible that they are exacerbating each other ...Read more