Pseudotumor cerebri refers to the condition in which there is increased pressure within the skull, in the absence of a brain tumor. It is most common in obese women of childbearing age. The condition has also been referred to as benign intracranial hypertension or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
Signs and symptoms associated with pseudotumor cerebri include
- blurred vision,
- double vision,
- partial loss of vision,
- seeing light flashes,
- headaches that can be severe,
- dizziness, and
- ringing in the ears.
The symptoms mimic those that can occur with a brain tumor.
Causes of pseudotumor cerebri
The cause of pseudotumor cerebri is usually not known, although in some cases, it has been associated with the use of certain medications or the overuse of vitamin A.
Other pseudotumor cerebri symptoms and signs
- Blurred Vision
- Double Vision
- Partial Vision Loss
- Ringing in the Ears
- Seeing Flashes of Light
- Severe Headaches
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