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Editor's Correspondence
May 10, 1999

Calcium Channel Blockers and Benign Hypertension

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(9):1011. doi:

Calcium channel blockers are commonly used to treat systemic hypertension in patients with intracranial hypertension. We describe a 35-year-old woman whose benign intracranial hypertension worsened with amlodipine therapy.

This woman first presented with headaches and was found to have papilledema with no focal neurological deficit. A computed tomographic scan of the brain was normal. A lumbar puncture showed raised cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure although the results of the CSF examination were normal. Benign intracranial hypertension was diagnosed and she was managed with repeated lumbar punctures.