Papilledema: Point-of-Care Ultrasound Diagnosis in the Emergency Department

Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2018 Mar 14;2(2):125-127. doi: 10.5811/cpcem.2018.1.36369. eCollection 2018 May.


Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has the potential to diagnose papilledema, a sign of increased intracranial pressure, through optic disc elevation as well as optic nerve sheath diameter measurements. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a syndrome resulting in increased intracranial pressure. We present a case of IIH where the emergency physician diagnosed papilledema by POCUS via presence of both optic disc elevation and a widened optic nerve sheath diameter.

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