What do transgender patients teach us about Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?

Catherine Hornby, Susan Mollan, James Mitchell, Keira Annie Markey, Andreas Yangou, Ben Wright, Michael O'Reilly, Alexandra Sinclair

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Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), a condition of raised intracranial pressure, is characterised by headaches and visual disturbances. Its pathogenesis is currently unknown, however dysregulation of androgens may be implicated. Here, we present a case of a 22 year old patient undergoing female-to-male (FTM) gender reassignment who developed IIH shortly after commencing testosterone therapy. This interesting case presents the possibility of androgens having a pathogenic role in IIH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-329
Issue number6
Early online date10 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Androgens
  • gender reassignment
  • idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • papilloedema testosterone


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