Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri are similar to a brain tumor, and may include changes in vision, dizziness, difficulty walking, headache, forgetfulness, ringing in the ears and depression.
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What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri, which literally means “false brain tumor,” is characterized by high intracranial pressure caused by the accumulation or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid. The disorder, which is also referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension or benign intracranial hypertension, is mostly common reported in women between the ages of 20 and 50. In rare cases, pseudotumor cerebri has been found in men and children.
What Causes Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Although medical experts are still uncertain as to why pseudotumor cerebri occurs, some medications such as levonorgestrel, the active ingredient released by the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), have been linked to the disorder.
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri are similar to those caused by large brain tumors, and may include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Eye injury (papilledema)
- Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vision loss
These symptoms may worsen with physical activity, especially when the stomach muscles are tightened.
Treatment options for patients diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri include:
- Lumbar puncture – Can help relieve pressure in the brain and prevent vision problems
- Shunting procedures – Relieve pressure from spinal fluid buildup
- Prescription Medications – Corticosteroids, Acetazolamide, Furosemide
- Surgery to relieve pressure on the optic nerve
- Fluid / salt restriction
- Weight loss
Once pseudotumor cerebri has been diagnosed and treated, the long-term prognosis is generally favorable. However, if visual loss occurs, the condition may be permanent regardless of treatment. In rare cases, pseudotumor cerebri has been found to recur.
Do I Have a Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuit?
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