Definition: A condition of markedly elevated BLOOD PRESSURE with DIASTOLIC PRESSURE usually greater than 120 mm Hg. Malignant hypertension is characterized by widespread vascular damage, PAPILLEDEMA, retinopathy, HYPERTENSIVE ENCEPHALOPATHY, and renal dysfunction.
malignant does not refer to neoplasm: refers to severe hypertension with papilledema & arterial necrosis
See AlsoHypertensive Encephalopathy
Other names Malignant Hypertension
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