Pseudotumor cerebri

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition that affects the brain. The name of this condition literally means “false brain tumor.” It is likely due to high pressure within the skull caused by the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).  Pseudotumor cerebri is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms of this condition mimic symptoms of large brain tumors, such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and pulsating sounds within the head (tinnitus). Pseudotumor cerebri may also cause a rare condition called empty sella syndrome.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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