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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

Lumbar puncture as a single modality for treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension during pregnancy

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Department of Neurology, El Fayoum University, Al Fayoum, Egypt
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cairo University, Department of Neurology, Cairo University, CairoCairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed I Hegazy
MD, Department of Neurology, Cairo University, Cairo, 11435
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-1083.176367

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Background Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is seen typically in obese women in their child-bearing age, management of patients with IIH during pregnancy can be problematic. Objective The purpose of this study is to assess spinal tapping as a single modality for treatment of IIH during pregnancy. Patients and methods This was a prospective case series of seven pregnant women with IIH who underwent full neurological and ophthalmological evaluation including perimetry and neuroimaging studies. They were followed up and treated using only spinal tapping. Results Spinal tapping either single or multiple sessions can control IIH safely during pregnancy with a success rate of 86%. Conclusion Spinal tapping is recommended as a single treatment modality in pregnant women with IIH.

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