Focal Points 2017 Module: Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

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Focal Points 2017 Module: Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Focal Points 2017 Module: Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by elevated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure of an unknown cause.

A majority of those diagnosed are obese women, ages 15-44. The rate of diagnosis is increasing with the rise in obesity.

This module will discuss the most common symptoms of IIH, modified Dandy criteria of diagnosis and the goals of treatment. Once a diagnosis is determined, treatment of IIH has two facets. One is aimed at eliminating the disease, the second aims to control the consequences of the disease, including headache and visual loss.

Although the cause of IIH remains obscure, vision loss is common and patients may progress to blindness if untreated.

After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension IIH.
  • Discuss current theories on pathogenesis of IIH and the known associated conditions.
  • State important findings of the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial.
  • Develop a strategy for evaluation and treatment of patients with IIH.

Author: Michael Wall, MD

Consultants: Marie D. Acierno, MD; Heather E. Moss, MD, PhD

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CME Information

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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