Pseudotumor cerebri, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension, occurs when there is fluid build-up behind the optic nerves. It is a neurological problem, causing poor or worsening eyesight. In fact, many of the symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri mimic those of brain tumors, such as headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, and occasional blindness or “black outs”. Pseudotumor cerebri affects mostly women aged 20 to 50. If left untreated, these problems may continue to worsen.
Pseudotumor cerebri is a rare condition that occurs for no obvious reason. Yet, there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing pseudotumor cerebri, such as obesity and high levels of vitamin A.
Treatment for pseudotumor cerebri can consist of either surgery or diuretics. These are both mechanisms to help relieve pressure caused by excessive spinal fluid in the skull/behind the eyes. This condition is diagnosable through lab tests, and imaging is often required. Furthermore, pseudotumor cerebri is a chronic condition (can last for years).
For more information regarding pseudotumor cerebri, contact Eye Consultants of Atlanta today.