What are the Symptoms of Pseudotumor Cerebri?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 19, 2011

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  • There may be moderate to severe headaches that start behind the eyes.
  • The patient may develop double vision or diplopia.
  • The patient may also experience neck, back or shoulder pain.
  • There may be brief episodes of blindness that last for only a few seconds.

Pseudotumor cerebri is a medical condition that happens when the pressure inside the skill, also known as the intracranial pressure, increases for no real reason. The symptoms of this disease mimic those experienced during brain cancer, though in pseudotumor cerebri, no tumour is present. This disease is found to be more common in adults as well as children, though it is more common in obese women who are of childbearing age.

Pseudotumor Cerebri symptoms


The symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include the following:
•    Moderate to severe headaches that may start behind the eyes and worsen with eye movement
•    Pulsatile tinnitus:ringing in the ears that pulses along with the heart beat
•    Nausea, dizziness or vomiting
•    Diminished or blurred vision
•    Difficulty in seeing to the side
•    Brief episodes of blindness that last for only a few seconds and may affect one or both the eyes. This is also called visual obscurations
•    Double vision or diplopia
•    Neck, back or shoulder pain
•    Seeing light flashes, also called photopsia.


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