Pseudotumor Cerebri with Blindness
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pseudotumor cerebri, idiopathic intracranial hypertension
Emergency Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Neurology
Pseudotumor cerebri, or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), is a syndrome of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) of unknown etiology that occurs predominantly in obese women of childbearing age. Pseudotumor cerebri literally means "false brain tumor". It is a “diagnosis of exclusion” therefore a complete work-up to rule out life-threatening causes for increased ICP must be performed through a comprehensive history, complete physical examination, diagnostic imaging, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis before the diagnosis can be made. The authors present the case of a young woman with headache, and near blindness due to pseudotumor cerebri. The presentation, diagnosis, and treatment options are discussed.
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Kwak M, Delk G T, Stead T, Ganti L. Pseudotumor Cerebri with Blindness. Cureus. 2020 Feb 07;13(2):e13198. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.13198