intracranial hypertension

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in·tra·cra·ni·al hy·per·ten·sion

(ICH) (in'tră-krā'nē-ăl hī'pĕr-ten'shŭn)
Increased pressure within the skull due to tumor, disease, or trauma.
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intracranial hypertension

Abbreviation: ICH
An increase in the pressure inside the skull from any cause such as a tumor, hydrocephalus, intracranial hemorrhage, trauma, infection, or interference with the venous flow from the brain. See: hydrocephalus


Patients with intracranial HTN should not undergo a lumbar puncture or any other procedure that decreases the cerebrospinal fluid pressure in the vertebral canal.
See also: hypertension
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Intracranial hypertension

Abnormally high blood pressure within the skull.
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But it can also arise in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), which can cause people to suffer daily headaches, can lead to severely raised pressure around the eye's nerves, and can result in a permanent loss of vision.
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