Headaches in the EDS and Chiari Population & Intracranial Pressure Abnormalities
DOCTORS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - LANHAM, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2020
The correct diagnosis and treatment of headache is a very complicated process that involves a lot of back-and-forth discussion between patient and provider. There are many different conditions that can cause headache, many of which neurosurgeons have to consider when diagnosing their patients.Dr. Malini Narayanan
of the Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group
gives an excellent and thorough overview of headache-causing disorders, with a special focus on pseudotumor cerebri, also sometimes called "idiopathic intracranial hypertension" (IIH) or "benign intracranial hypertension". Pseudotumor cerebri is a particularly challenging condition and especially troubling for surgeons because surgery is seen as a truly last resort.
Dr. Narayanan concludes her presentation by reminding us that a good doctor treats a disease, but a great doctor treats the patient. This is a particularly poignant point when discussing such a confusing medical landscape as Chiari
, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
and related disorders.
This presentation was given at the February 26, 2020 Bobby Jones CSF patient and provider meeting in Lanham, Maryland. (2020)