What do transgender patients teach us about Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?

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  • Catherine Hornby
  • Susan Mollan
  • James Mitchell
  • Ben Wright

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR); University of Birmingham; B15 2TT UK
  • Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom.


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