Idiopathic intracranial hypertension; Benign intracranial hypertension
Symptoms may get worse during physical activity, especially when you tighten the stomach muscles.
The doctor will perform a physical exam. Signs of this condition include:
Even though there is increased pressure in the skull, there is no change in alertness.
Tests that may be done include:
The diagnosis is made when other health conditions are ruled out. Several conditions may cause increased pressure in the skull, including:
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