Title

Pseudotumor Cerebri with Blindness

Division

South Atlantic

Hospital

Coliseum

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

2-7-2021

Keywords

pseudotumor cerebri, idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Neurology

Abstract

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.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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