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Pseudotumor Cerebri-Why Can’t I See?

Posted by Frank Spector | Jun 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

We have had 2 cases recently where young women had a sudden decrease in their vision. Come to find out, they have a condition called pseudotumor cerebri.  This complicated medical term means that for some reason there has been an increase in the spinal fluid pressure.  This can cause the eye nerves to become swollen with fluid.  Once this happens, vision becomes blurred. If not treated, it can lead to blindness.  This is a disease that is often misdiagnosed.

Symptoms

  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Head pressure
  • Restricted visual fields like peripheral vison

Diagnosis

  • Eye exam looking at the eye nerves-called optic nerves
  • Looking for swollen nerves called papilledema
  • Spinal Tap to check pressure of spinal fluid

Treatment

  • Medicine to get rid of fluid
  • Shunt in the brain to remove fluid
  • Surgery to open up the nerves to let the fluid out

In cases of medical malpractice doctors do not do the proper exam or are not aware of what to look for. This results in delayed treatment. If you have blindness from this disease, please call us to talk about it. Toll free 1-800-299-HURT. Or you can fill out the contact form on this page or on any page on our site.

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