Radicular pain can be a symptom of elevated intracranial pressure

Morris D. Groves, Ian E. McCutcheon, Lawrence E. Ginsberg, Athanassios P. Kyritsis

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We report two patients with leptomeningeal metastatic disease, one from breast cancer and the other from a spinal cord glioma, who developed episodic elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), each episode accompanied by the gradual onset of severe spine and radicular pain. Symptoms of pain promptly and completely resolved with opening of the on-off valve of each patient's ventriculoperitoneal shunt. It is theorized that the patients' radicular pain was caused by nerve root ischemia secondary to elevated ICP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1095
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 23 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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