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Increased intracranial pressure Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Increased intracranial pressure. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Is the raised intracranial pressure acute or chronic?
  2. Symptoms of raised intracranial pressure?

    Why: e.g. any headache, however mild, that is present on or soon after waking and which is made worse by coughing, straining or sneezing. The headaches usually increase in severity and frequency with the passage of time. May be accompanied by morning vomiting. Drowsiness is a late feature.

  3. Is the person a infant with a large head?

    Why: indicates probably hydrocephalus (a group of conditions characterized by an increase in cerebrospinal fluid volume associated with elevated intracranial pressure and dilatation of the brain ventricles) e.g. Dandy-Walker syndrome, Arnold Chiari syndrome.

  4. History of head injury?

    Why: traumatic injury to the brain may cause increased intracranial pressure due to swelling of the brain or subdural or extradural haematoma.

  5. History of drowning?

    Why: drowning causes lack of oxygen to the brain and consequent hypoxic brain injury which may cause brain swelling and increased intracranial pressure.

  6. History of "near-miss" sudden infant death syndrome?

    Why: causes lack of oxygen to the brain and consequent hypoxic brain injury which may cause brain swelling and increased intra-cranial pressure.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. some medical conditions may increase the risk of benign intracranial hypertension including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications may increase the risk of benign intracranial hypertension including oral contraceptive pill, corticosteroids, supplemental vitamin A, tetracycline, nitrofurantoin, lithium, indomethacin, phenytoin.

  9. Impairment of consciousness?

    Why: i.e. drowsiness progressing to stupor and coma - may suggest a mass in the brain that is placing pressure on the brain stem.

  10. Seizures?

    Why: may suggest a mass in the brain, whether malignant or benign.

  11. Limb paralysis?

    Why: may occur on the opposite side to the brain mass (due to direct effect of mass) or on the same side of brain mass due to compression of the brain stem due to increased intracranial pressure.

  12. Symptoms of mastoiditis?

    Why: e.g. pain, swelling and tenderness developing behind the ear associated with general deterioration in well-being and mucous to pus-like ear discharge - Mastoiditis may be complicated by intracranial venous sinus thrombosis which can cause raised intracranial pressure.

  13. Symptoms of benign intracranial hypertension?

    Why: e.g. gradual or rapid onset of headache, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting, often with symptoms of sixth cranial nerve palsy (failure of lateral movement of the eyes with eye squint, blurred vision and double vision). Most commonly affects young, often obese women..

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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