carcinomatous meningitis


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carcinomatous meningitis

Meningitis by metastatic tumor cells. It may produce symptoms such as headache, backache, confusion, nerve palsies, or seizures and should be suspected when these symptoms arise in patients with known cancers. The diagnosis is confirmed by lumbar puncture with analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid for tumor cells.
See also: meningitis
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Howell, "Carcinomatous meningitis in solid tumours," Annals of Oncology, vol.
Furthermore, we determined unspecified viral encephalitis in 80.9% of the cases, while an alternative diagnosis, including bacterial meningitis, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, non-convulsive status epilepticus, acute disseminating encephalomyelitis, Brucella encephalitis, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, and carcinomatous meningitis, was established in 19.1% of the patients.
Carcinomatous meningitis secondary to GE junction adenocarcinoma is rare; therefore, it is difficult to diagnose.