Pseudotumour cerebri

Case contributed by Dr Maxime St-Amant

Presentation

Headache.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female
MRI

MRI shows bilateral enlargement of CSF space around the optic nerves (T2) and mild enhancement of the optic nerves, compatible with pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension).

Other findings which may be seen (although not in this case), include:

In an atypical case, venous thrombosis must be excluded.

Case Discussion

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH),  also historically known as pseudotumour cerebri, is a syndrome with signs and symptoms of increased intracranial pressure but where a causative mass or hydrocephalus is not identified.

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Case information

rID: 19935
Published: 24th Oct 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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