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Pseudotumor cerebri

Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Intracranial hypertension, idiopathic
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Are seizures linked to pseudotumor cerebri?

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What is pseudotumor cerebri?

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

Can pseudotumor cerebri cause seizures?

Seizures are not typically associated with isolated pseudotumor cerebri. However pseudotumor cerebri can be found in association with other conditions that may include seizures, for example cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and Behcet's disease.[3][4] Seizures have many different causes, and the underlying cause can be difficult to determine. If you are experiencing seizures we recommend that you continue to work with your health care providers.

You can find much more information on seizures by visiting MedlinePlus at the following link. MedlinePlus is a Web site designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions.

You can also contact the Epilepsy Foundation for more information on seizures.

Epilepsy Foundation
8301 Professional Place
Landover Md 20785
Toll-free: 800-332-1000
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Last updated: 1/21/2010