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Pseudotumor cerebri syndrome (PCTS) – Losing sight in patients and doctors with regards to a growing epidemic

      As the obesity epidemic increases worldwide, so too does the incidence of pseudotumor cerebri syndrome (PTCS) also referred as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIHT), with reviews of all cohort studies noting 57%–100% of patients with or PTCS are obese [
      • Markey K.A.
      • Mollan S.P.
      • Jensen R.H.
      • Sinclair A.J.
      Understanding idiopathic intracranial hypertension: mechanisms, management, and future directions.
      ]. In fact, the World Health Organization reported obesity rates tripled in the United States from 1990 to 2006 [
      • WHO
      Global database on body mass index.
      ]. This past April 2018, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that in the USA, high body mass indexes (BMI) were a top risk factor for disability-adjusted life years [
      The US Burden of Disease Collaborators
      The state of US health, 1990–2016. Burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors among US States.
      ]. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention now states that 36.5% of all US adults are obese, a clear risk factor for PTCS [
      • Ogden C.L.
      • et al.
      ].
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