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Increased Intracranial Pressure

Symptom and Description Increased swelling in your head can cause headache, vomiting, restlessness, and drowsiness. It can also cause changes in the way you think and remember things.

Learning Needs There are important things that you can do to prevent the swelling from increasing:

  • Do not hold your breath.
  • Remember to breathe in and out when you move or change position.
  • Do not strain when moving your bowels. (If you are not moving your bowels easily and regularly, talk with your nurse or doctor.)
  • Report any signs or symptoms of increased pressure such as severe headache or vomiting.

Prevention The most important thing that you can do is to prevent the swelling from getting worse. Learn to use the above tips. Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if any changes develop.

Management If you develop increased swelling in your brain (increased intracranial pressure), you will receive medicines to reduce the pressure. In addition, you will receive treatment to shrink the tumor that is causing it and prevent the pressure from increasing again. This treatment may be radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Follow-up Let your doctor or nurse know if you have:

  • headache
  • vomiting
  • restlessness
  • drowsiness
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