Yaz Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuit

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What is Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?

IIH, which may also be referred to as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) or benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), occurs when pressure inside the skull (intracranial pressure) increases for no apparent reason. While the cause of the disorder is still not clearly understood, the increased pressure on the brain may be due to the buildup or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid.

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is most commonly reported in obese women of childbearing potential. While the disorder only occurs in about 1 person per 100,000 in the general public, obese women under the age of 44 are nearly 20 times more likely to develop it. Other IIH risk factors include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Anemia
  • Prescription medications such as tetracycline
  • Steroids
  • Hormonal birth control pills

Symptoms of IIH

Symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension are similar to those produced by brain tumors, which may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Eye injury (papilledema)
  • Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vision loss
  • Headache


There are several treatment options for patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, including drugs to reduce the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid and lumbar punctures (spinal tap) to keep the intracranial pressure down. Weight loss may also be helpful at treating or even curing IIH. Surgical intervention may be required to open the sheath surrounding the optic nerves, which relieves pressure and prevents vision loss. In severe cases, a shunt may be inserted to drain fluid from the brain.

Yaz Side Effects

Yaz has been linked to the following serious side effects:

  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary Embolism (an artery in the lung is blocked)
  • Blood Clots (Non-Vaginal)
  • Kidney Failure
  • Seizures
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Hepatic¬†Adenomas
  • Sudden Death

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