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