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Pseudotumor cerebri

Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Intracranial hypertension, idiopathic
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Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition that affects the brain. The name of this condition literally means "false brain tumor." It is likely due to high pressure within the skull caused by the buildup or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Pseudotumor cerebri is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri mimic symptoms of large brain tumors, such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and pulsating sounds within the head.[1] Pseudotumor cerebri also cause a rare condition called empty sella syndrome.[2]
Last updated: 12/15/2011


  1. NINDS Pseudotumor Cerebri Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. November 2010; Accessed 12/15/2011.
  2. Empty sella syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2009; Accessed 12/15/2011.
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