Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is a potential side effect of Mirena and certain birth control pills. Although rare, this serious condition puts pressure on the brain and can cause severe headaches, migraines, vision loss, and blindness.
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What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is a medical condition that produces side effects that are similar to a growing brain tumor. PTC increases levels of cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull, which puts pressure on the brain and optic nerve.
Other names for pseudotumor cerebri:
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)
- Benign intracranial hypertension (BIH)
Birth Control May Increase Risk of Pseudotumor Cerebri
One of the first studies to link PTC with hormonal birth control was published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995. Researchers warned that levonorgestrel, a hormone in Mirena and certain oral contraceptives, could increase the risk of PTC.
PTC and Blindness
Excess cerebrospinal fluid in the skull can put pressure on the optic disc, which is the donut-shaped head of the optic nerve at the back of the eye that causes your blind spot. This condition is known as papilloedema. Once the optic nerve is damaged, there is no cure for symptoms like double-vision or blindness.
The only way to conclusively diagnose PTC is with a spinal tap (lumbar puncture), which involves inserting a needle into the space between two vertebrae in the lower part of the spine. The doctor measures pressure of cerebrospinal fluid and removes a sample. An eye exam may also be used to look for symptoms of papilloedema.
The treatment for PTC is aimed at reducing levels of cerebrospinal fluid and preventing vision loss. In mild cases, medications may be sufficient to control pressure in the skull. In severe cases, doctors may need to use a surgical tube called a shunt to drain fluid.
Symptoms of Pseudotumor Cerebri
- Pulsating sounds inside the head
- Ringing or “whooshing” in the ears
- Blurry vision, double vision, blind spots
- Problems walking
- And more
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