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Causes Of Intracranial Hypertension

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a state of high pressure in the fluid around the brain. It is also ascertained as pseudotumor cerebri because it also exhibits some signs and symptoms of a brain tumor without a brain tumor.

The space around the brain is filled with a water-like fluid. If there is too much of this fluid present, the pressure around the brain rises because the space containing the fluid cannot expand. It is this high pressure that produces the symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (idiopathic means unknown cause; intracranial means inside the head; hypertension means the fluid is under high pressure). For further details, read Do Take That Extra Care Of Yourself

The causes of intracranial hypertension are not fully diagnosed yet. There are only some clues. The condition occurs mostly in women. Blood pressure during pregnancy rises due to this. The blood pressure symptoms often start or worsen during a period of weight gain. The disease is rare in thin men. It shows that in women, pregnancy and high blood pressure are intricately related.

Although no associated conditions besides recent weight gain are usually found, many conditions have been linked to as causes of intracranial hypertension. Any disorder that blocks the flow of spinal fluid between the brain and its route to the blood, the jugular vein, can cause raised pressure. Similarly, blood clots in the veins draining the brain can cause increased intracranial pressure leading to high blood pressure levels. It is also caused by withdrawal of steroids, large doses of vitamin A or intake of foods containing considerable vitamin A (such as liver), use of body building-type steroids and possibly certain drugs such as tetracycline. Controlling blood pressure and intracranial hypertension can be achieved through blood pressure monitor and blood pressure medication to minimize the effects of high blood pressure.