Raised intracranial pressure

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The rigid bony skull surrounding the brain is resistant to any increase in the volume of its contents, with any such change readily leading to a rise in intra-cranial pressure and displacement of structures. Elevated intra-cranial pressure is characterized in its early stages by headache and vomiting, often worse in the morning. With increasing pressure there is drowsiness, heralding a more rapid neurological deterioration. Changes in pressure can sometimes be more gradual with memory loss and behavioural difficulties.

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