Matthew J. Thurtell, Robert L. Tomsak and Robert B. Daroff

in Neuro-Ophthalmology

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Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390841
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322893 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now


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A diagnostic dilemma often arises when a patient with headaches is found to have optic nerve head elevation. Anomalous optic nerve head elevation often mimics papilledema and is therefore known as pseudopapilledema. In this chapter, we review the features that help to distinguish pseudopapilledema from papilledema and we discuss common causes of pseudopapilledema, such as optic nerve head drusen.

Chapter.  1398 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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