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Idiopathic intracranial hypertension on the rise, women especially vulnerable


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Reuters Health - 21/01/2021 - Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is on the rise and tracks with increasing obesity rates, a new study finds. An analysis of 35 million patient-years of data from more than 3 million Welsh patients revealed that the brain pressure disorder had increased more than six-fold during a 15-year period, according to the report published in Neurology. "There has been a significant increase in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) in recent years with a six-fold increase in the prevalence of IIH in Wales between 2003 and 2017," said coauthor W. Owen Pickrell of Swansea University in Wales. "This increase is multifactorial but likely predominately due to rising obesity rates," Pickrell said in an email. "Some people who are overweight may be more likely to develop this because the elevated pressure in the abdomen translates to increase pressure in the brain, but this is not always the case for every patient," said Dr. Anna P...


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