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Increased Intracranial Pressure

Alternate Names : Intracranial Hypertension, Elevated Intracranial Pressure

Increased Intracranial Pressure | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The healthcare provider will start with a history and physical exam. A cranial CT scan or cranial MRI scan, two special types of x-ray tests, may be taken of the brain and skull. A spinal tap may also be done. This is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through the skin of the lower back and into the spinal column. Fluid can be withdrawn from the spinal column and a pressure reading of the fluid can be taken.

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Increased Intracranial Pressure: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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