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What is intercranial hypertension?

What is intercranial hypertension?

Intracranial HTN: Intracranial hypertension means that the pressure of cerebrospinal fluid within the skull is too high. Brain has the fluid inside and is also surrounded by the fluid. Since the skull is closed any increase in this fluid will cause the pressure to go up. This is very serious. Intracranial hypertension in adults is generally defined as intracranial pressure that reaches 250mmh2o or above. ...Read more

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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Is pseudo-tumo cerebri and intracranial hypertension the same thing?

Is pseudo-tumo cerebri and intracranial hypertension the same thing?

Benign: Pseudo tumor cerebri and benign intracranial hypertension are similar. They often present with obesity and a severe confusing headache. The pressure can be damaging to the eyes and cause sight impairment so while it can be treated, it needs to be picked up early. ...Read more

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Is it possible to 'cure' benign intercranial hypertension without medication and just reducing body weight?

Is it possible to 'cure' benign intercranial hypertension without medication and just reducing body weight?

Probably not: Make sure you have the diagnosis right first! You may need to take medications first to see your condition will respond. If not surgery will be the final option. Good luck! Please See this: http://www.ihrfoundation.org/intracranial/hypertension/info/C31/ ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Unknown cause: Ideopathic means unknown. Pressure in the brain is usually due to tumor or infection. If these are ruled out, the pressure is considered ideopathic. Another term can be pseudo tumor. There can be normal pressure hydrocephalus in the elderly, but reducing "pressure" makes them better. ...Read more

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Had my idiopathic intracranial hypertension came back?

Had my idiopathic intracranial hypertension came back?

Pseudotumor cerebri: This is a serious disorder and there are a number of treatments available including medication to reduce the pressure. There is also a surgical procedure that requires placing a tube in the spine canal and diverting excess spinal fluid into the abdomen. If you are seeing a neurologist for this the various options can be explained more fully ...Read more

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What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Spinal tap: The most direct test is to measure pressure in the spinal fluid. This is done with a spinal tap and pressure measuring column. The fluid column is measured, and then the fluid is drained off. Just draining the fluid can relieve symptoms. Analysis of the fluid would rule out more serious conditions. This procedure is easily performed in a doctor's office or emergency room. ...Read more

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Do you know anything on idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

PseudoTumor Cerebri: Also called Benign Intracranial Hypertension or Psedotumo Cerebri It is a neurological disorder in ehich there is increased Intracranial Pressure when there is no tumor other disease Symptoms are Headache Nausea and Vomiting and pulsating sounds in the ears,double vision.It can lead to swelling of theoptic nerve if not treated&loss of vision Diagnosed by Brain Scan&LP Treated with rpt LPs& Diamox (acetazolamide) ...Read more