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In intracranial hypertension, how will they measure pressure ?

i know essential hypertension where there is high blood pressure and is measured by BPapparutus. in intracranial hypertension. how will they measure pressure?
Thu, 26 Nov 2009
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It depends on your signs and symptoms. Testing involves brain scans (CT/MRI) to rule out certain known causes like an SOL (Space Occupying Lesion) though in many patients, these scans may be normal. Venography / Cisternography with or without contrast agents may also be done to rule out thrombosis/ blocked flow. A Guarded Lumbar Puncture with all aseptic precautions may be done to measure / relieve CSF pressure and to test the CSF for known causes. Continuous monitoring is possible, if required,  If your intra-cranial hypertension has existed for more than four to six weeks, an eye examination may show papilledema (swelling of the optic disc). A detailed history may also help solve the issue. 


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They will measure the pressure of the CSF, i.e Cerbrospinal fluid. It is an invasive procedure.

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Intracranial pressure (ICP) is the pressure in the cranium and thus in the brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It is elevation of the pressure in the cranium. An increase in pressure, most commonly due to head injury leading to intracranial hematoma or cerebral edema can crush brain tissue, shift brain structures, contribute to hydrocephalus, cause the brain to herniate, and restrict blood supply to the brain. It is measured my examaintion of cerebrospianl fluid
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renu's  Response
its the worst headache, its mainly in early moring headache, immediately after getting from bed. go for CSF analysis, even ct scan is a better option.
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In intracranial hypertension, how will they measure pressure ?

It depends on your signs and symptoms. Testing involves brain scans (CT/MRI) to rule out certain known causes like an SOL (Space Occupying Lesion) though in many patients, these scans may be normal. Venography / Cisternography with or without contrast agents may also be done to rule out thrombosis/ blocked flow. A Guarded Lumbar Puncture with all aseptic precautions may be done to measure / relieve CSF pressure and to test the CSF for known causes. Continuous monitoring is possible, if required, If your intra-cranial hypertension has existed for more than four to six weeks, an eye examination may show papilledema (swelling of the optic disc). A detailed history may also help solve the issue.