Surgical management of pseudotumor cerebri in pregnancy: Case report

Scott Shapiro, Robert Yee, Haywood Brown

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LITTLE HAS BEEN written concerning the surgical treatment of pregnant patients with pseudotumor cerebri. We present four cases of pregnant women who underwent lumboperitoneal shunt placement during pregnancy for progressive visual loss despite maximal medical therapy. The intraperitoneal pressure measured during surgery was significantly less than the cerebrospinal fluid pressure. Three of the four women had marked improvement in their vision after shunting, and one required optic nerve sheath decompressions for improvement. All delivered healthy babies. Pseudotumor cerebri in pregnant patients with progressive visual loss despite medical therapy is surgically treatable, and normal deliveries are expected. Therapeutic abortion to limit progression of the disease is not indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1995


  • Lumboperitoneal shunting
  • Optic nerve sheath decompression
  • Pregnancy
  • Pseudotumor cerebri

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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