Let's throw some OIL on the FIRE

I have been chatting with our Neurosurgeon in Chiacago about Carson's symptoms and he has added another diagnosis to her chart. All you PTC mom's, I'm joining your group!

She has been diagnosied with Pseudotumor cerebri.

PTC - also called benign intracranial hypertension, literally means "false brain tumor." It is caused by increased pressure within the brain and is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 50.
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri, which include headache, nausea, vomiting, and pulsating intracranial noises, closely mimic symptoms of brain tumors, possibly because of the abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid placing pressure on the brain.

Treatment for pseudotumor cerebri is generally symptomatic. Pressure may be controlled by removing excess fluid with repeated spinal taps or by shunting. Steroids may be prescribed to reduce swelling of brain tissue. Hyperosmotic drugs may be used to reduce fluid buildup.

This is why the CHW team is hesitant to say that the CVR surgery will help her pressure.

Oh Boy.


Michelle said...

What the heck is going on? I don't even understand what this means. I mean, I can't even fathom it. Seriously? Something new, now?

How are you holding up!? How's Carson feeling?

Denise said...

Hey just stopping by to say that I read all of the time, but rarely comment. Love ya! Thinking of you and the kids.