Whats a pseudotumor?

Are you afraid of getting a tumor? Fear not! You might get a pseudotumor instead! Wait, what is it? Don’t worry, we’ll go through everything related to this mysterious phenomenon in the following.


A pseudotumor is an optical nerve injury caused by pressure within the skull. Let us break that down for you – pseudotumors are similar to tumors because they share common symptoms like headaches and vision loss but different in that there isn’t any mass or abnormal growth so it isn’t cancerous- hence the name pseudo, meaning false.

This mostly happens when your body doesn’t reabsorb enough cerebrospinal fluid(CSF), which results in increased cerebral spinal fluid pressure build-up around your brain causing swelling and health damages over time.

Now let’s delve deeper!

Cerebrospinal Fluid

You know how people complain about water retention sometimes and start blaming themselves for excess food intake or spending too many hours sitting around only if they knew their brains experience theirs too.

The clear liquid substance that surrounds our brains and spinal cords is called CSF. It functions as shock absorption between our bones (vertebrates) protecting them from becoming damaged during sudden movements. As well as maintaining balance homeostasis of inside fluids/nutrients providing support distributed via intracranial vessels keeping them protected even without direct contact with bone structure.

Intracranial hypertension acceleration

Apparently doctors discovered linking causes relating stress weight gain trauma inflammations etcetera there has been no definitive cause found yet although more research seems promising so far apparently some findings trace back to childhood obesity at one point which could be something we hadn’t considered previously – maybe Mama was wrong about those extra cupcakes after school…but who knows?(I do).

If untreated, the condition can lead up to complications including ones damaging eyesight possibly causing blindness. It’s important to seek medical attention as early as possible if you experience symptoms of a pseudotumor!

Did We Mention Symptoms Already?

Symptoms from conditions like idiopathic intracranial hypertension (ICH) and Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome(PCS) are so similar that distinguishing them can be an issue in the diagnostic process:(some tend to swear they’re going blind even while doing everyday activities like scrolling through virtual social media)

Moving toward more light-hearted topics, what exactly are these warning signs and how would you tell which type?

  • Pressure headaches: Can y’all believe it’s all started just because fluid pressure was too much for our bodies to handle?
  • Vision loss is common! In fact, about 90% of patients reported some degree of visual changes.
  • Double vision or diplopia
  • Constant ringing noise in ears called Tinnitus
    Just when we thought teenagers blaring music on phones were the pinnacle problem, nope now its pusdo-more … ha ha ha

Now for those who might still have doubts,

let us paint a picture together…
Imagine lying down comfortably relaxing enjoying every minute of your long-awaited holiday weekend made sure everything was perfect except suddenly getting recurrent headaches; not any normal headache but one making sufferers feel intense regret ever booking vacation plans.

Or imagine having frequent double vision forcing people to close one eye just to avoid feeling dizzy. I mean saying “I am winking at someone with both eyes” only works in romantic comedies doesn’t work practically now does it?!

The above symptoms often lead patient complaints regarding their difficulties functioning throughout the day resulting in increasing stress levels affecting mental health overall.

Diagnosing Those Pesky Symptoms

If you’re worried about being diagnosed with PCS or ICH don’t worry – there’s usually certain guidelines doctors follow while doing such procedures ..

Most commonly conducted ones include:
– Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) : this procedure involves a physician instilling anesthesia, then piercing the patient’s spinal canal to collect some CSF fluid.
– Visual field test: these tests are crucial in recognizing potential damages done upon patients’ eyesight severity
– Eye exam

There’s also advanced imaging technology methods such as computed tomography (CT) MRI scans and venograms for more detailed analysis. And that is entirely up to your healthcare specialist depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Dealing with it!

You have probably heard us yap enough about how terrifying experiencing pseudotumors can be but we thought it would do good if we talk about things individuals diagnosed could focus on to manage post diagnosis.

  1. Opt for weight loss!!
    Research shows even a slight reduction has proven useful…remember Mama was wrong when she said cupcakes were better than veggies?…(okay still not very funny)
  2. Medications: dosage depends solely on case by case basis so help from your doctor will always be necessary
  3. Getting constant sleep … our bodies need rest after all!
  4. Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunting or optic nerve fenestration (yeah I know ‘big words’ you don’t use every day): These surgeries involve incisions around developing larger openings/ventricles near moving away veins pathways reducing pressure built inside skull regions allowing excess fluids leaving through fallopian tubes lowering occurring risks specifically leading toward future blindness preventing severe damages mostly associated.
  5. Lifestyle modifications including avoiding regular caffeinated beverages and sodium-rich diets might benefit

Prevention and Future Research

As mentioned earlier there doesn’t seem one true cause behind generating Pseudo tumors yet; however research reveals factors indirectly leading towards increasing risk levels causing CSF buildup damage ie sleep apnea obesity genetic environmental stress traumatic injuries etcetera.

It becomes rather clear that steps aiming proper control seem beneficial whereas exercise maintaining healthy diets avoiding chronic mental/physical conditions early diagnosis leading towards proper treatments all may prove useful assistance in preventing future incidences.

Researchers are working hard with advancements everyday aiming to better diagnose preventive measurements against pseudotumors!


We agree Pseudotumor isn’t something one might feel comfortable associating themselves with but- we hope our article provides enough information on this mysterious phenomenon leaving less anxiety coming associated when it comes across friends or family members.

Remember, while anyone can get a pseudotumor and it is more common in women aged 20 to 50 years old, there are ways you can minimize your risk.

It’s important that if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above make sure you contact your healthcare specialist as soon as possible!

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