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What is a pseudotumor?

What is a pseudotumor?

A Mimic of a Tumor: Literally an enlargement resembling a tumor usually due to inflammation or fluid collection rather than a solid growth of abnormal cells. It can often confuse clinicians and a biopsy may help to distinguish a diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Can pregnacy affect pseudotumor cerebru patients?

Can pregnacy affect pseudotumor cerebru patients?

Depends: Depends on the severity. Most will be fine during pregnancy some can be more symptomatic. Some of the early symptoms of pregnancy can be similar to pseudotumor cerebri. A team approach is needed with neurology, opthamology and ob. Some patient will need a cesarean to avoid pushing and aggravating the condition. ...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