What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri)?

Pseudotumor. is caused by an imbalance of CSF production vs. resorption. The list of causes is lengthy. Low Vit A or iron, elevated Vit A, female gender, obesity or weight gain, tetracycline exposure, obstructive sleep apnea and endocrinologic disorders are contributory. The headaches are typically mild to moderate, diffuse and worsen with reclining. There may be blurring of vision or diplopia.
Psedotumor cerebri. PC is a disorder most commonly seen in woman and is a case of increased intracranial pressure of unknown etiology, thought in some cases can be related to medications. The symptoms are severe heacaches and in severe cases visual loss.

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Is there a best type of doctor to oversee a diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri (ideopathic intracranial hypertension) and how do I teach my gp about it?

GP should know. Your gp should know about pseudotumor cerebri, so you don't need to teach your gp. All doctors learn about it in medical school. If you want to see other doctor than gp- you can go to see a neurologist. Read more...

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...