Vol. 5 (2021): International Journal of Case Reports
Case Reports

Fibromyalgia as A Sole First Presentation of Recurring Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in a child. A Case Report and Literature Review

Sondos Altaraqji1, Rayan S. Terkawi2,3, Abdallah Alneirab2,3, Diyaa Rachdan4,5 and Khalid Mohamed1
1Pediatric Neurology Division, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar 2Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar 3Department of Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar 4Ophthalmology Division, Department of Surgery, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar 5Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar


  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension; Fibromyalgia; Papilledema

How to Cite

Sondos Altaraqji1, Rayan S. Terkawi2,3, Abdallah Alneirab2,3, Diyaa Rachdan4,5 and Khalid Mohamed1. (2021). Fibromyalgia as A Sole First Presentation of Recurring Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in a child. A Case Report and Literature Review. International Journal of Case Reports, 5, 205. https://doi.org/10.28933/ijcr-2021-03-0306


Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition characterized by raised intracranial pressure (ICP) with no evidence of brain pathology, also known as pseudo tumor cerebri. Headache and visual obscuration are the most common presenting symptoms for IIH with a frequency of (68-84%) respectively. Other symptoms of IIH include neck pain, back pain, and radicular pain in the arms and legs resulting from increased spinal pressure and forced filling of the spinal nerves with CSF.

Case summary: We present an 11-year-old boy known to have chronic kidney disease stage II, due to obstructive uropathy. He had a history of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension that was treated completely and condition resolved, then presented with generalized pains and aches without headaches or visual symptoms and found to have IIH for the second time, the symptoms resolved with appropriate treatment.

Conclusion: Widespread pain and several other characteristics of IIH share similarities with characteristics of fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), two overlapping chronic pain conditions.


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