[Epidemiology of pseudotumor cerebri]

Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol. 2007 Apr;82(4):219-21.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To determine the epidemiology of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) as seen in patients attending our ophthalmology department.

Methods: The medical records of patients diagnosed with PTC in our hospital during a ten-year period (1994 to 2004) were obtained, with only those patients with PTC diagnosed in our ophthalmology department being considered. The following data were reviewed: sex, age at diagnosis, body mass index (BMI), opening cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure, and the results of CT and MRI.

Results: Twenty-nine patients were diagnosed with PTC during this time period. Twenty-six were females (89.6%) and 3 were males (10.4%). The calculated incidence of PTC in our population was 3.2 per 100.000 persons and 5.1 per 100.000 persons in the general population that attend our hospital.

Conclusion: The incidence of PTC was higher than that previously reported.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amaurosis Fugax / etiology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / complications
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / diagnosis
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / epidemiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed