S. Zunni, Jaroslava Lajcikova, Mukhtya Ahmed, Khalid El Ghariani
Department of Medicine, 7th April Hospital. Al Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya.
Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 17, No. 1-2. January/July l994:21-25
Twenty four patients with pseudotumour cerebri were seen over a period of one year. There were 20 females and 4 males. This constitutes an annual occurrence of 4.1/100,000 for the general papulation and 19.5/100,000 for females aged 11 to 44 years in the Benghazi area. The female to male ratio was 5:1 , and mean weight was 70% above the ideal weight for the female. Moderate to severe visual loss occurred in 25% of patients. Pseudotumour cerebri is a relatively common neurorologicaI illness and may be an important preventable cause of blindness in obese young women. We found that repeated lumbar puncture was much more beneficial, at the early stage, in alleviating the
symptoms and promoting better outcome.
Keywords: Pseudo-tumour Cerebri: Incidence and Pattern in North – Eastern Libya