Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by increased pressure inside the skull, which is caused by the buildup or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The disorder, which has also been referred to in the medical literature as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) or benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), occurs most often in women between the ages of 20 and 50. In rare cases, IIH has been reported in men and children.
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What Causes Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?
Although it is uncertain as to what causes idiopathic intracranial hypertension in many patients, certain medications such as levonorgestrel, the active ingredient contained in the Mirena IUD, have been associated with the condition.
Symptoms of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Symptoms of IIH mimic those caused by brain tumors, and may include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Eye injury (papilledema)
- Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vision loss
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Treatments for patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension may include:
- Lumbar puncture – Can help relieve pressure in the brain and prevent vision problems
- Shunting procedures – Relieve pressure from CSF buildup
- Prescription Medications – Corticosteroids, Acetazolamide, Furosemide
- Surgery to relieve pressure on the optic nerve
- Fluid / salt restriction
- Weight loss
Once IIH has been diagnosed and treated, the prognosis is typically favorable. However, if visual loss occurs, the disorder may be permanent whether or not it is treated. In some patients, idiopathic intracranial hypertension may recur.
Do I Have an Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed IIH after using Mirena, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.