J Pediatr Infect Dis 2009; 04(04): 413-415
DOI: 10.3233/JPI-2009-0199
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

Pseudotumor cerebri: A rare complication of varicella

Syed Ahmed Zaki
a  Department of Pediatrics, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India
,
Deepak Dadge
a  Department of Pediatrics, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India
,
Shujaath Asif
a  Department of Pediatrics, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India
,
Anupama Mauskar
a  Department of Pediatrics, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India
,
Preeti Shanbag
a  Department of Pediatrics, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, India
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Publication History

30 September 2008

07 January 2009

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

Pseudotumor cerebri is a clinical syndrome that mimics brain tumor and is characterized by increased intracranial pressure in the absence of intracranial pathology. This syndrome may have an identifiable specific underlying cause or may be idiopathic. The possible association between this condition and infections has been suggested in a few case series. We present a child with nephrotic syndrome on low dose steroids who developed pseudotumor cerebri following varicella infection. There are very few case reports describing such an association previously. We suggest that pseudotumor cerebri should be included in the differential diagnosis of persistent headache in a child suffering from varicella infection, especially when the child is on steroids.