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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Papilledema (Overview)

Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerve that is caused increased pressure around the brain.


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Can preclampsia cause papilledema when your pregnant? And does having papilledema cause problems during delivery?

Can preclampsia cause papilledema when your pregnant? And does having papilledema cause problems during delivery?

Papilledema: Preeclampsia is defined by the development of new hypertension greater than 140/90 mm hg and new proteinuria exceeding 300 mg/24 hr after 20 weeks gestation. Papilledema (swollen optic disc which can be seen on eye exam) can occur and can be a factor for early delivery though does not by itself create a problem for delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
43 doctors shared insights

Papilledema (Overview)

Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerve that is caused increased pressure around the brain.


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Is papilledema a serious condition?

Is papilledema a serious condition?

Yes: Papilledema means a swollen optic nerve from increased intracranial pressure. The increased pressure must be investigated and treated. Otherwise the optic nerve may become damaged and you will become blind. Also the cause of the increased pressure could be life-threatening as well. ...Read more

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How is papilledema treated if you have it in one eye?

How is papilledema treated if you have it in one eye?

Depends: Papilledema is serious and may be due to a serious underlying condition. Treatment depends on the cause. For example, papilledema in one eye could be due to a compressive lesion like a tumor pushing on the optic nerve of one eye. See an ophthalmologist immediately or follow her/his advise if you already under one's care. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for papilledema ?

What is the treatment for papilledema  ?

See below: Papilledema by definition is optic nerve swelling due to increased intracranial pressure (icp), thus the treatment is to lower icp with medicine (like diamox) or surgery (like a surgical shunt). If optic nerve swelling is due to another cause, then it requires a different treatment. ...Read more

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Do any of the eye doctors medicines reverse or get rid of papilloedema?

Do any of the eye doctors medicines reverse or get rid of papilloedema?

Not from the eyes: Papilledema is a swelling of the optic disc at the back of the eye from cerebral fluid transmitted from a brain with elevated pressure. This cannot be treated from the eyes - only diagnosed. The cause of the pressure must be determined and corrected. Your neurologist is the best for dealing with this. ...Read more

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What's the difference between intracranial hyptertenstion and papilledema?

What's the difference between intracranial hyptertenstion and papilledema?

See below: Intracranial hypertension can cause swelling of the optic nerves = papilledema. This can cause permanent loss of vision and thus one's intracranial pressure must be lowered to a normal level to prevent this. ...Read more

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What is papilledema?

What is papilledema?

Papilledema : Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerves due to high spinal fluid pressure in the brain. ...Read more

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What is papilledema?

What is papilledema?

Papilledema is: a swollen optic nerve head. The term papilledema should be reserved for optic disc swelling that is due to raised intracranial pressure such as brain tumor or head trauma) ...Read more

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Is papilledema serious?

Is papilledema serious?

Papilledema: Papilledema signifies a problem with spinal fluid pressure in the brain and needs immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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How serious is papilledema?

Papilledema : Papilledema is a very serious condition where the optic nerves are swollen because of higher than normal spinal fluid pressure in the brain and can lead to permanent vision loss and damage to the optic nerve if the reason for the high pressure is not treated promptly ...Read more

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