Study shows Hispanic women IIH rates are much higher
According to recent research, Hispanic women IIH rates are far higher than women of other racial or ethnic backgrounds. IIH, or idiopathic intracranial hypertension, is a condition in which the intracranial pressure (pressure around the brain) rises without a known cause.
Having chronic renal failure, being obese, using certain medications, and being a female of reproductive age are all risk factors for idiopathic intracranial hypertension, despite the fact that there’s no known cause. Symptoms include severe headaches located toward the base of the beck, nausea, vomiting, double vision, and depression.
Clinical information and resources site Medscape has noted that Hispanic women IIH rates are up to 2 times more than other ethnicities. Electric health records were evaluated in a retrospective case-control study over an 8.5 year period that included 223 women with IIH and 4,783 women without. The control group consisted of women without IIH aged at 50 or younger. Weight, BMI, age, race and ethnicity, and insurance status were all obtained by the researchers.
As a result, researchers looked into the frequency of IIH to see if it was higher in locations where certain socioeconomic or environmental factors were present. Patients with IIH were also more likely to use Medicaid and live in low-income neighborhoods. Those with IIH were 4 times more likely to be Black and Hispanic women IIH rates were 2 times more likely after an age adjustment.
“While prior studies have demonstrated the differences in IIH between different races, ours is the first one to identify the association between socioeconomic determinants of health and the prevalence of IIH,” said study investigator Venkatesh L. Brahma, MD.