The importance of specific rehabilitation for an obese patient with idiopathic intracranial hypertension: A case report

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Abstract

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is associated with obesity, and weight loss is important to reduce intracranial pressure and improve visual function. A 38-year-old woman with IIH followed an extreme diet, which resulted in 30% weight loss (BMI moved from 34.9 to 24.6). Weight loss resulted in a significant reduction of papilloedema, normalization of intracranial pressure and improvement in headache pattern, but also induced a state of initial malnutrition, relevant depression and disability. She was discharged with the indication to start a controlled diet and improve physical activity: clinical situation get back to stability, with the patient loosing further weight (BMI=21.8) through a balanced diet and moderate physical exercise. Obese patients with IIH should be offered a comprehensive treatment approach consisting of diet and nutritional support, psychological counselling, indication to increase physical activity and, when appropriate, a specific rehabilitation programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-185
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • chronic migraine
  • depression
  • idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • malnutrition
  • obesity
  • weight loss rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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