The following factors have been associated with pseudotumor cerebri:


Obesity has been associated with pseudotumor cerebri, which occurs in 1 to 2 people in 100,000. About 4 to 21 obese women in 100,000 develop the condition. Obese women under the age of 44 are more likely to develop the disorder.


Substances that have been linked to pseudotumor cerebri include:

  • Growth hormone
  • Tetracycline
  • Excess vitamin A

Other medications may be associated with pseudotumor cerebri, but further research is needed.

Health problems

The following conditions and diseases have been linked to pseudotumor cerebri:

  • Addison's disease
  • Anemia
  • Behcet's syndrome
  • Blood-clotting disorders
  • Lupus
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Underactive parathyroid glands
  • Uremia
Feb. 01, 2014