Idiopathic intracranial hypertension presenting as postpartum headache

Mariam Mathew*, Ayesha Salahuddin, Namitha R. Mathew, Ramachandiran Nandhagopal

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Postpartum headache is described as headache and neck or shoulder pain during the first 6 weeks after delivery. Common causes of headache in the puerperium are migraine headache and tension headache; other causes include pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, post-dural puncture headache, cortical vein thrombosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome, brain tumor, cerebral ischemia, meningitis, and so forth. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a rare cause of postpartum headache. It is usually associated with papilledema, headache, and elevated intracranial pressure without any focal neurologic abnormality in an otherwise healthy person. It is more commonly seen in obese women of reproductive age group, but rare during pregnancy and postpartum. We present a case of IIH who presented to us 18 days after cesarean section with severe headache and was successfully managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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