A variety of brain conditions don’t fall into the tumor category or cerebrovascular disease category. We treat many of these conditions at Neurosurgery One. They include pseudotumor cerebri, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation type 1, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and trigeminal neuralgia.
FAQ About Pseudotumor Cerebri
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What are treament options for pseudotumor cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri results when intracranial pressure, which is pressure around the brain, increases for no known reason. Also referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension, pseudotumor cerebri symptoms are similar to those of a brain tumor. Patients can experience vision loss as pressure around the optic nerve increases. This disorder more commonly affects women ages 20-50 and people who are obese.
Doctors recommend regular ophthalmologic exams to monitor changes in vision. They may also recommend changes in diet and lifestyle to lose weight as well as discontinuation of certain medications. In cases where pressure cannot be relieved, doctors may recommend surgery to place a shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from around the optic nerve.