Can pseudotumor cerebri be detected by a CT scan?

No. Need spinal tap! Pseudotumor cerebri is caused by abnormally elevated pressures of the CSF - a clear fluid that surrounds the brain. There is no anatomical deformity associated with it. Therefore, to diagnose the condition, you need a lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") WITH measurement of the opening pressure to diagnose. The spinal tap will also decompress CSF & help symptoms if this is the diagnosis. CT no help. GL!

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If there any relation between pseudotumor cerebri and white matter lesions?

Major. One (pc) is usually a temporary issue sometimes related to medications and usually reversible if treated in time. White matter lesions are likely permanent if not progressive. Read more...

Can sudden blindness be related to pseudotumor cerebri?

Vision issues. Yes, this is due to the swelling around the optic disc head or nerve due to the increased intracranial pressure. If you are having these symptoms then definitely let your PCP/Ophthalmologist know for closer monitoring and evaluation. Untreated this can lead to long standing visual disturbances. Read more...
Explanation. The increased intracranial pressure does affect vision with periodic "obscurational" episodes, but sudden bilateral complete blindness does not occur. Instead the vision becomes very blurred with significant degradation which initially returns. If the pressure is not controlled, there is a steady worsening of vision that can lead to blindness. Read more...

Are there adverse effects of Plan B on pseudotumor cerebri?

Unknown. The cause of pseudotumor cerebri is uknown. It has been associated with implantable contraceptive devices, such as the Norplant and Mirena iud, which contain levonorgestrel. Plan b consists of a dose of Levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. There are not studies showing direct causation. Discuss with the clinicians taking care of the condition before using this medication. Read more...

I have a vp shunt for pseudotumor cerebri is there a special diet?

Pseudotumor cerebri. There is no specific diet, but i would watch the salt and fluid intake. Read more...
No special diet. You might find this monograph on hydrocephalus interesting. It's brief, informative, written for the lay person, and free. http://wp.me/s382os-hydrolog. Read more...