Intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri)

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Increasing headaches and visual deterioration.

Patient Data

Age: 35 Years
Gender: Female

The supra- and infratentorial brain has normal signal and morphology. There is no diffusion restriction, abnormal magnetic susceptibility or abnormal post-contrast enhancement. Both transverse sinuses are focally narrowed distally. There is no evidence of an obstructing mass. No filling defect is detected within the sinuses. Fluid is noted within the optic nerve sheath bilaterally. There is also flattening of the posterior sclera bilaterally and slight anterior bulging consistent with papilledema. The appearances of the sella are within normal limits however the pituitary appears small.


The MRI appearances support a clinical diagnosis of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. No evidence of dural venous sinus thrombosis or intracranial mass.

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension). Elevated CSF opening pressures confirmed on lumbar puncture. 

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Case information

rID: 42779
Published: 11th Feb 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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