Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
- Intracranial hypertension, idiopathic
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Obesity, other treatable diseases, and some medications can cause raised intracranial pressure and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri. A thorough medical history and physical examination is needed to evaluate these factors. If a diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri is confirmed, close and repeated ophthalmologic exams are required to monitor any changes in vision. Medications such as corticosteroids, glycerol, acetazolamide, and furosemide may be used to reduce fluid buildup and to relieve pressure. Weight loss and cessation of certain drugs (including oral contraceptives, tetracycline, and a variety of steroids) may lead to improvement. Surgery may be needed to remove pressure on the optic nerve. Therapeutic shunting, which involves surgically inserting a tube to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the lower spine into the abdominal cavity, may be needed to remove excess CSF and relieve CSF pressure.
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- Dugdale DC, Hoch DB. Pseudotumor cerebri. MedlinePlus. February 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000351.htm. Accessed 12/15/2011.
- NINDS Pseudotumor Cerebri Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. November 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pseudotumorcerebri/pseudotumorcerebri.htm. Accessed 12/15/2011.