pseudotumor cerebri

A condition of increased pressure within the brain cavity, pseudotumor cerebri usually manifests itself as a bulging fontanelle in an otherwise happy and healthy infant, or as a sudden onset of strabismus in a child. It is also more properly known now as benign intracranial hypertension.

This condition may be associated with some medicines (the antibiotic tetracycline, used in infants years ago but no longer, was the most common drug-related cause), may arise as a complication of mastoiditis, or may just happen mysteriously.

Because intracranial hypertension might not have a benign cause, if you should notice these symptoms immediate consultation with your doctor is of course in order.

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