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Dr. Barbara Hurlbert
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Pseudotumor Cerebri (Overview)

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 about to enter menopause.


Dr. Barbara Hurlbert
340 Doctors shared insights

Pseudotumor Cerebri (Overview)

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 about to enter menopause.


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What are the major symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri?

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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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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A diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri, 2 spinal taps within normal limits, 2 sets of prisms, recurring headaches, dizziness, double vision. What's next?

A diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri, 2 spinal taps within normal limits, 2 sets of prisms, recurring headaches, dizziness, double vision. What's next?

Pseudotumor: The peoplw who have this even with normal preyou need a work up toinsure that this id not a sign of inflammatory brain disease fromautoimuune systemic diseasessure, but re are. ...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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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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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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I have been diagnosed with ih (pseudotumor cerebri). I was told that behind my eyes it was very blurry. What could that mean?

I have been diagnosed with ih (pseudotumor cerebri). I was told that behind my eyes it was very blurry. What could that mean?

Optic nerve swelling: You need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. The optic nerve swelling that occurs in pseudotumor cerebri can lead to blindness. ...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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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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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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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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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 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?

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?

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