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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (2021) | Physician Assistant (PA) School Study Aid


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Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) Assessment
Change in LOC
Headache
Cushings Triad
Irregular Respirations
Widening Pulse Pressure
Bradycardia
Projectile Vomiting
Abnormal Pupils
Papilledema
Posturing
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Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) Interventions
Interventions
Elevate Head Of Bed
Foley Catheter
Mannitol (Osmitrol)
High Dose Barbiturates
Passive Hyperventilation
Dexamethasone (Neoplasm or Infection)
Considerations
Neuro Assessment
Maintain Normal Temperature
Avoid Activities That Increase ICP
Intracranial Monitoring System
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Pseudotumor Cerebri: Risk Factors And Presentation
Increased Intracranial Pressure With Unknown Etiology
Risk Factors
Women of Childbearing Age
Obesity
Vitamin A Excess
Tetracyclines
Symptoms
Papilledema
Headache
Diplopia
Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens) Palsy
No Altered Mental Status
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Pseudotumor Cerebri: Diagnosis and Management
Diagnosis
Lumbar Puncture with Increased Opening Pressure
Normal MRI or CT
Management
Weight Loss
Acetazolamide
Topiramate
Surgery
Avoid Triggers
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Lumbar Puncture
Indications
CSF Sample
CSF Pressure
Considerations
Empty Bladder
Side-lying Position
Between 3rd and 4th Lumbar Vertebrae
Number Tubes
Supine Position After Procedure
Contraindications
Increased ICP (Intracranial Pressure)
Infection at Puncture Site
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Hydrocephalus Types
Characteristics
Cerebrospinal Fluid Accumulation
Types
Communicating Hydrocephalus
Noncommunicating Hydrocephalus
Variants
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus Ex Vacuo
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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Mechanism
Elderly
Idiopathic
Decreased Absorption of CSF
Ventricular Enlargement
Symptom Triad
Urinary Incontinence
Ataxia (Gait)
Cognitive Dysfunction
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