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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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Papilledema (Definition)

Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerve that is caused increased ...Read more


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I was recently diagnosed with having papilledema and pseudotumor. Has anyone else heard of treatment?

I was recently diagnosed with having papilledema and pseudotumor. Has anyone else heard of treatment?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is usually treated with weight loss and diuretics such as Diamox or lasix (furosemide). If vision loss is significant or headaches are severe, surgery to lower intracranial pressure may be necessary. ...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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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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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?

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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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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Can any practitioner observe papilledema?

Can any practitioner observe papilledema?

Yes: Anyone who uses opthalmoscope to examine eyes can see this. ...Read more

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How serious are ptc and papilledema recently?

Extremely serious: This needs to be carefully closely monitored by one or more ophthalmologists. ...Read more

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Papilledema, please help me understand causes?

Papilledema, please help me understand causes?

Optic disc edema: Technically caused by increased brain pressure. Neurophthalmologic or neurological evaluation crucial to making a diagnosis since vision and/or life is threatened. The possibilities are broad, anywhere from benign to inflammatory to hereditary to intracranial tumors to other. Treatment is directed at the cause. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: papilledema?

What is the definition or description of: papilledema?

Swelling of nerve: Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerve that is caused increased pressure around the brain. ...Read more

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Are IIH and papilledema the same or not?

Are IIH and papilledema the same or not?

Do you mean...: Increased intracranial pressure (Pseudotumor cerebri, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)) is a disorder of unknown etiology that predominantly affects obese women of childbearing age.The ocular problem is that chronically elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), can cause papilledema which may lead to optic nerve atrophy & blindness. Urgent Eye MD management usually with a neurologist is imp ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how papilledema & glaucoma differ?

Can you please tell me how papilledema & glaucoma differ?

Different: Papilledema appears as nerve swelling that is due to increased pressure in the brain. It is an exam finding, whereas glaucoma is a disease of the nerve. ...Read more

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Does my son need repetitive spinal taps to check his papilledema?

Does my son need repetitive spinal taps to check his papilledema?

No : Papilledema is an eye finding on physical exam. It may be caused by increased intracranial pressure, but a spinal tap is not needed to identify papilledema. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between papilledema & glaucoma?

Not alike: The only similar is that these are optic nerve conditions. Papilledema is a swollen optic nerve that is caused by increaed pressure around the brain. Glaucoma is a disorder in which the optic nerve is damaged by increased pressure inside the eye. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with having papilledema and sudo tumor. Any advice?

I was recently diagnosed with having papilledema and sudo tumor. Any advice?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Important aspects of treatment for pseudotumor cerebri are weight loss and treatment with a water pill such as acetazolamide or diamox. Regular follow up with an ophthalmologist is necessary to check your visual acuity, visual fields and resolution of the papilledema. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of eye papilledema?

What are the symptoms of eye papilledema?

Papilledema: Papilledema is confirmed by doing a funduscopy (looking into the inside of the eye with bright light). Its presence denotes increased intracranial pressure which can cause headaches, visual disturbances like blurring of vision and double vision, dizziness, nausea and even vomiting. ...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'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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Could a general practitioner observe papilledema?

Could a general practitioner observe papilledema?

Possible: Papilledema is difficult for non-eye doctors to see with the equipment that they have available. If there is a suggestion of this, it should be confirmed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How does respiratory failure lead to papilledema?

How does respiratory failure lead to papilledema?

Not connected : In the intensive care unit where i practice, respiratory failure and papilledema can occur in the same situation but one does not cause the other. I can think of situations such as high blood pressure emergency causing both, or trauma situation, or meningitis etc. This is typically a very dire situation where danger of dying or remaining handicapped for the rest of one's life is quite high. ...Read more

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Can a person with preeclampsia and bilateral papilledema be okay?

Can a person with preeclampsia and bilateral papilledema be okay?

No.: Preeclampsia and bilateral papilledema suggest intracranial hypertension from brain edema or a stoke and prompt delivery is inidicated to avoid permanent neurologic injury or maternal death! ...Read more

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Saw doctor's notes about papilledema or something, is that serious?

Saw doctor's notes about papilledema or something, is that serious?

Papilledema : Papilledema is a serious condition where the optic nerves are swollen due to high spinal fluid pressure in the brain. If untreated can lead to vision loss. Work-up includes at CT or MRI scan of the brain and a spinal tap. ...Read more

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When should I be concerned about my IIH Papilledema? Is there a certain sign or set of signs that mean I should see a dr. as soon as possible?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Anything change or loss in vision that you feel is new or significant or worsening of headache should prompt a visit for your ophthalmologist to evaluate with a check of your visual acuity, visual fields and appearance of your optic disks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for papilledema be caused by sleep apnea?

Is it possible for papilledema be caused by sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: Untreated sleep apnea causes negative intrathoracic and naso and oro pharyngeal pressure, these latter structures being close to the eye and if you have a eye condition could possibly contribute but no studies or data on this yet. ...Read more

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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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I was diagnosed with stage 1 papilledema yesterday by my optometrist. How urgent is it that i go see a neurologist? I am currently unemployed and have no medical insurance so i can't even afford to go to a neurologist right now.

I was diagnosed with stage 1 papilledema yesterday by my optometrist.  How urgent is it that i go see a neurologist? I am currently unemployed and have no medical insurance so i can't even afford to go to a neurologist right now.

Papilledema : Papilledema is elevation of the optic disc (the end of the optic nerve in the back of the eye) caused by increased pressure inside the skull. Grade i papilledema is the mildest stage, but any kind of increased pressure in the skull is concerning.

Since the skull is made up of hard, inflexible bone, the volume of the contents of the skull is fixed. The 3 major things that are found in the skull are brain, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid. The volume of one of these things increases, the others must shrink. But they can only shrink to a point before pressure inside the skull increases. Causes of intracranial pressure can include expansion of the cerebrospinal fluid (examples include hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri), expansion in blood (examples include arteriovenous malformation, or subdural hematoma), or expansion in brain (examples include brain and meningeal tumors and metastases).

Most people who have ominous, life threatening causes of elevated intracranial pressure have other symptoms, and those symptoms get worse over time.

A common cause of papilledema is pseudotumor cerebri. Risk factors for pseudotumor cerebri include obesity, certain medications, and certain dietary problems. Pseudotumor cerebri is probably the least serious of the possible causes of papilledema, but it can still lead to permanent vision loss.

A condition called pseudopapilledema looks like papilledema but is not caused by elevated intracranial pressure. It is considered benign.

Looking for causes of elevated intracranial pressure usually involves some kind of imaging of the brain (ct is slightly less expensive, MRI is better in most cases), and should include directly measuring the pressure by spinal tap (also known as lumbar puncture). Prior to doing a spinal tap, a doctor may want to check a few labs, and most doctors will send the fluid they get from the tap to the lab for routine tests.

Many counties have low-cost or free medical clinics for eligible people. County medical associations and local hospitals often have lists. ...Read more

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Can a cranial spinal fluid leak be caused by a papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve?

Can a cranial spinal fluid leak be caused by a papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve?

Different items: Papilledema is a sign of increased intracranial pressure of any etiology, and can be due to tumor, hydrocephalus, brain hemorrhage, infections. Swelling of the optic nerve can be due to optic neuritis or other inflammatory problems. Spinal fluid leaks can be due to trauma over skull such as cribiform plate fracture. If severe trauma, perhaps all could occur together. ...Read more