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Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and Pregnancy


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 2 - p 389–396
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f2701
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a disease particularly affecting young obese women of child-bearing age. IIH can occur at any trimester during pregnancy. There is no increase in maternal, fetal, or neonatal mortality or morbidity in pregnant women diagnosed with IIH. Visual outcome is the same for nonpregnant patients with IIH. Acetazolamide is the mainstay of medical therapy for IIH. No evidence has been found with respect to the adverse effects of acetazolamide use during pregnancy. This medication can be taken during pregnancy but with caution and justification.

*Department of Ophthalmology, Neuro Ophthalmology Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, affiliated to the Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Anat Kesler, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Neuro Ophthalmology Unit, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.