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Quincke's meningitis

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Intracranial hypertension of unknown origin. A neurological disorder characterized by increased intracranial pressure associated with papilledema, intermittent and severe headache, and paralysis of the sixth cranial nerve, due to an excess of clear cerebrospinal fluid. Principal symptoms are vomiting, giddiness, blurring of vision, diplopia, and transient convulsions. Drowsiness, diplopia, and optic atrophy may be present. The designation “hydrocephalus” appears to be a misnomer.

The condition was later described by Max Nonne in 1910, by G. V. T. Borries in 1921, and by C. P. Symonds in 1931.


  • H. Quincke:
    Die Lumbopunction des Hydrocephalus.
    Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 1891, 28: 929-938.
  • M. Nonne:
    Über Fälle vom Symptomenkomplex «tumor cerebri» mit Ausgang in Heilung (pseudotumor cerebri). Über lethal verlaufene Fälle von (pseudotumor cerebri) mit Sektionsbefund.
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde, 1904, 27: 169-216. Über das Vorkommen von starker Phase I-Reaktion bei fehlender 6 Fällen von Rükenmarkstumor.
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde, Berlin, 1910, 40: 161-167.
  • G. V. T. Borries:
    Otogene encephalitis.
    Soc Danoise d’Otolaryngology, February 2nd.
    Zeitschrift für die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 1921, 70: 93-101.
  • C. P. Symonds:
    Ototic hydrocephalus. Brain, Oxford, 1931, 54: 55.
    Also in British Medical Journal, London, 1932, 1: 53.

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