Testosterone May Underlie Rare Blindness Condition in Women

Source: Medscape

A disease that causes chronic headaches and even blindness in women, and has puzzled researchers for more than 100 years, may be caused by excess androgens, particularly testosterone, that modulate secretion of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), UK investigators have discovered, according to a report in Medscape.

Although a rare condition, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), which is characterized by increased intracranial pressure, is becoming more common, in line with the global obesity epidemic. With the worldwide incidence of IIH more than doubling between 2002 and 2016, from 2 per 100,000 to 5 per 100,000, it is estimated that the associated healthcare costs could reach as high $450 million per year by 2030.

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