Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Lesson On IH

Last night I was sent the following video as a result of my "pseudotumor cerebri" Google Alert. It is funny, it is interesting and it is close to answering one of my burning questions concerning this disease:  
How is this disease discussed in medical school (if at all)?

The video seems to be some sort of Kaplan review segment designed for students who need to recognize, diagnose and treat patients with IH. Get out your notebooks and your pencils to check this one out. Oh wait... you probably already know everything this guy is about to say! Well, here it goes anyway:



While I did learn something new from this video (I did not know the sled dog story), I was a little disappointed in a couple of points:
  • That the name "Intracranial Hypertension" was not given. I understand that PTC is an easier name to remember for doctors since the name holds a meaning that will aid them in identifying the symptoms (like a tumor, but not really one in the brain), however, as a patient, many resources can be found under the IH name. 
  • Also, I wish some attention was given to the fact that while there does seem to be a prevalence in young obese females with this diagnosis, there are in fact children, men and women of all ages and sizes diagnosed with this disease as well.
  • Finally, I was surprised that weight loss and Diamox (Acetazolamide) were the only treatments discussed.
As a teacher I am aware that all details don't make it into your review lesson, so I am hoping that is the case with this clip here and, overall, I am ecstatic that our disease has even made it to a review video in any shape or form! It is a great intro to PTC/IIH and reminds me of the level of knowledge that many of the doctors in my hospital had when I was initially diagnosed - very basic, but enough to put a name to the madness I was experiencing and to direct me to the appropriate specialists. So Kudos to Kaplan Medical and much thanks to the YouTube user pris72 for sharing the video with the world!

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