A brain injury or another medical condition can cause growing pressure inside your skull. This dangerous condition is called increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and can lead to a headache. The pressure also further injure your brain or spinal cord.
This kind of headache is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. The sooner you get help, the more likely you are to recover.
Causes of ICP:
These are the most common symptoms of an ICP:
The symptoms of ICP may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
To diagnose ICP, your doctor may do the following:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (used after the initial assessment)uses magnetic fields to detect subtle changes in brain tissue content and can show more detail than X-rays or CT
Increased intracranial pressure is an emergency. Treatment might include:
You may also be treated for the underlying cause of your intracranial pressure, which could be an infection, high blood pressure, tumor, or stroke.
ICP has serious complications, such as:
You can reduce your risk of certain underlying conditions that may lead to ICP such as high blood pressure, stroke or infection. If you have any of the symptoms, get medical attention immediately.
Call your doctor or 911 if you have any of the symptoms listed:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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