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Headache is the most common PTC symptom.
This head pain is:
As pressure builds up, the headache can wake up your child in the middle of the night. Head pain may be worse first thing in the morning.
Eyesight symptoms of PTC can include:
Ringing in the ears — described as a "whooshing sound" — is also common, most often when your child is lying quietly in bed.
The diagnosis of PTC requires a thorough neuro-ophthalmological exam.
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in diagnosing and treating children with PTC.
A neuro-ophthalmologist and pediatric neurologist will assess your child together. Both specialists see children on the same day, which helps communications between the treatment team and our families.
We use state-of-the-art ocular imaging, such as ocular computed tomography and advanced visual field testing. These tests help with the diagnosis but also track your child's response to treatment.
Our neuro-radiologists have also designed a specific brain imaging protocol to detect signs of PTC.
To confirm a PTC diagnosis, your child will have a lumbar puncture.
This test involves inserting a small needle between the bones of the spine.
A lumbar puncture checks your child's:
Before your appointment with us, please be ready to discuss your child's health history and any symptoms.
To learn more about spotting pediatric pseudotumor symptoms or to make an appointment with the Brain Care Institute, call 412-692-5520.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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