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Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2018 Mar 14;2(2):125-127. doi: 10.5811/cpcem.2018.1.36369. eCollection 2018 May.

Papilledema: Point-of-Care Ultrasound Diagnosis in the Emergency Department.

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University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Columbia, Missouri.


Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has the potential to diagnose papilledema, a sign of increased intracranial pressure, through optic disc elevation as well as optic nerve sheath diameter measurements. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a syndrome resulting in increased intracranial pressure. We present a case of IIH where the emergency physician diagnosed papilledema by POCUS via presence of both optic disc elevation and a widened optic nerve sheath diameter.

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Conflicts of Interest: By the CPC-EM article submission agreement, all authors are required to disclose all affiliations, funding sources and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. The authors disclosed none.

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