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Recurrence of idiopathic intracranial hypertension after weight loss: the carrot craver



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She was overdosing on vitamin A by eating too mamy carrots, as such the problem was Vitamin A imbalance and the solution - the healing was easy, cut down on the carrots.

Carrot imbalance!!

Papilledema (or papilloedema) is optic disc swelling that is caused by increased intracranial pressure. The swelling is usually bilateral and can occur over a period of hours to weeks. Unilateral presentation is extremely rare. Papilledema is mostly seen as a symptom resulting from another pathophysiological process.

In intracranial hypertension, papilledema most commonly occurs bilaterally. When papilledema is found on fundoscopy, further evaluation is warranted as vision loss can result if the underlying condition is not treated. Further evaluation with a CT or MRI of the brain and/or spine is usually performed. Recent research shows that point-of-care ultrasound may also be used to look at optic nerve sheath diameter, which corresponds well with intracranial pressure.[1] Unilateral papilledema can suggest a disease in the eye itself, such as an optic nerve glioma.

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Am J Ophthalmol. 2000 Dec;130(6):850-1.

Recurrence of idiopathic intracranial hypertension after weight loss: the carrot craver.

Donahue SP1.


To describe a patient with stable idiopathic intracranial hypertension whose papilledema worsened.


Case report.


A patient with documented idiopathic intracranial hypertension had resolution of disc edema with weight loss. Recurrence of papilledema led to the discovery that she consumed large quantities of raw carrots to help maintain her weight. Her increased vitamin A levels normalized, and the disc edema resolved when she stopped eating carrots.

CONCLUSION:  Patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension should be counseled regarding carrot intake.

PMID:  11124317

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