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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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.
To the Editor: Carcinomatous meningitis is an underdiagnosed complication of solid tumors.
The clinical presentation of the case cited here was that of a metastatic cancer presenting as obstructive hydrocephalus due to carcinomatous meningitis of unknown primary.