Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), also known as Pseudotumor Cerebri, is a disorder of elevated spinal fluid pressure in the brain that may lead to progressive loss of vision over time – which may be permanent. The condition predominately affects women in the reproductive age group. Its incidence is rising, but we do not yet understand what is driving this increase. While obesity is a frequently cited risk factor, the percentage of obese women who develop IIH is small, implying other unknown factors (e.g., hormones, lipids, and inflammation) may play a crucial role in the development of this condition.
Dr. Abhay Moghekar is conducting research-utilizing biomarkers in CSF samples collected from IIH patients at Johns Hopkins’ Cerebrospinal Fluid Center to measure and help determine what role inflammation, weight, hormonal and lipid imbalance plays in the development of IIH. Every $200 donated will allow Dr. Moghekar’s team to run one CSF sample. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $200 to support this important study.