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Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

Information about Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

We Have to Know about the Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

  • An increase in normal brain pressure can be due to an increase in cerebrospinal fluid pressure. It can also be due to increased pressure within the brain matter caused by lesions (such as a tumor) or swelling within the brain matter itself.

Causes of Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure   

An increase in your intracranial pressure is a severe medical problem. The pressure itself can be responsible for further damage to the central nervous system by causing compression of important brain structures and by restricting blood flow through blood vessels that supply the brain.

Common causes are:

  • Severe Head Injury
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brain Tumor
  • Hypertensive Brain Hemorrhage
  • Intraventricular Hemorrhage
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Aneurysm Rupture And Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Stroke

Do’s and Don’ts of Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

  • Raised intracranial pressure is often not preventable.
  • Patients with persistent headache, blurred vision, altered level of consciousness, neurologic deficits, and seizures should seek medical attention as soon as possible

Signs & Symptoms of Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure


  • bulging fontanelle
  • separated sutures
  • lethargy
  • vomiting

Older children and adults:

  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Changes In Behavior
  • Progressive Decreased Consciousness, Lethargy
  • Neurologic Deficits
  • Seizures

Medical advice for Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

  • See your doctor if any of the symptoms appear

Risk factors of Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

Treatment for Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

  • This condition is critical. The person will be in intensive care and have neurologic and vital signs measured frequently.

Self-care for Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

Investigations for Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
Raised (Increased) Intracranial Pressure
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