Increased intracranial pressure is a condition when the pressure inside the skull is higher than normal. It can be dangerous and cause serious problems. It usually results from brain injuries, and it can also lead to further brain damage. People with increased intracranial pressure usually require immediate medical treatment, and the medical team will try to solve the underlying causes.
Increased intracranial pressure is a pressure on the brain meaning that the pressure inside the skull is above the normal range. The pressure can also mean that the tissue of the brain is swelling. This swelling can be caused by a disease such as meningitis or an injury in the brain. The condition can cause an injury to the brain. For a healthy adult, the normal measure of intracranial pressure is between 7 and 15 mmHg. When this measure reaches 20 to 25 mmHg, a treatment is required to reduce it.
The causes of increased intracranial pressure include 1) a congestion of cerebrospinal fluid (liquor) in brain and spine, which results in a rise of pressure and the so called hydrocephalus 2) a rise of pressure in the brain, which results from brain tumors, aneurysm rupture and other subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain inflammation (encephalitis) and meningeal inflammation (meningitis), and stroke. 3) head traumas and injuries, which lead to bleeding in between the skull and the meninges (epidural and subdural hematoma). Increased intracranial pressure can be dangerous and cause serious problems. For example, people with increased intracranial pressure often have symptoms that may include behavior changes, consciousness changes or loss, pain in the head, lethargy, neurological deficiency (such as rigid pupil), seizure and vomiting. In patients with slowly increasing and chronic increased intracranial pressure symptoms like urinary incontinence, equilibrium disorders and dementia are observed.
Increased intracranial pressure needs an immediate medical treatment. People with increased intracranial pressure should be hospitalized in order to find the underlying health issue causing the problem. The treatments usually include: 1) breathing support, 2) lowering the pressure in the brain by draining fluid (liquor) from inside the skull, 3) medication to reduce the pain and decrease the pressure, and 4) in severe cases, temporarily removing part of the skull may be necessary.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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