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How do I know if I have malignant hypertension?

How do I know if I have malignant hypertension?

Very high BP: Malignant hypertension is high blood pressure that causes damage to organs in the body such as kidneys, heart, eyes, etc. In order to diagnose malignant hypertension, some organ damage must have occurred. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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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

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what causes it ?

Pseudotumor Cerebri: Condition results in abnormal accumulation of too much intracranial fluid, causing headaches, changes in visual acuity, and obscurational attacks. It seems related to obesity, menstrual and hormonal dysfunction, cerebral vein obstruction, toxins such as high levels of vitamin A, certain antibiotic reactions, and more, BUT not clear why the system fails. Diamox (acetazolamide) and brain shunting may help. ...Read more

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Does visual acuity decrease in cases of intracranial hypertension?

Sometimes: Many times patients develop transient obscurations of vision, or brief episodes of blurry vision. These are temporary if treatment ensues promptly. Long term high intracranial pressure can produce permanent defects in vision due to damage of the optic nerve. This condition needs to be closely monitored by both neurologists and ophthalmologists. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more