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Diagnostic Tests for Increased intracranial pressure

Diagnostic Test list for Increased intracranial pressure:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Increased intracranial pressure includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Blood pressure
    • Temperature (if elevated must consider brain abscess or encephalitis)
    • Examine for neck stiffness which may indicate subarachnoid hemorrhage but may also indicate cerebral abscess or encephalitis
    • Examine for papilledema which may suggest cerebral abscess, brain hemorrhage or brain tumor
    • Full neurological examination, including cranial nerve examination, visual fields and visual acuity, pupils reaction to light, eye movements, sensation and motor power of face and limbs
  • Radiological investigations
    • Skull X-Ray, if history of head injury
    • CT Scan of brain, if suspected brain tumor, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain abscess
    • Radioisotope brain scan, may be indicated to localize specific brain tumors and haematomas (blood clots)
    • MRI scan of brain, may be necessary if need more discrimination of brain masses
    • Cerebral angiography, may be required to rule out arteriovenous malformations and to define site or blood supply of a brain mass
    • Chest X-Ray to look for lung cancer, if brain tumor is diagnosed (lung cancer is the most common cause of brain cancer)
  • EEG - may show electrical abnormalities in the region of the brain mass (but it may be normal). A cerebral abscess shows characteristic wave changes.
  • Note: Lumbar puncture - is Contra-indicated if suspect any mass lesion.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Increased intracranial pressure causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Increased intracranial pressure:

The following list of conditions have 'Increased intracranial pressure' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Increased intracranial pressure:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Increased intracranial pressure' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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