Multiple brain metastases from malignant thymoma


JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE, cilt.14, ss.1116-1120, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.jocn.2005.12.014
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1116-1120


A rare case of thymic carcinoma with multiple brain metastasis is reported. In our extensive review of the literature only six of 30 reports of intracranial thymoma metastasis describe multiple metastases. A 38-year-old man presented with signs of raised intracranial pressure that had began 15 days previously. Cranial MRI revealed over 70 cystic lesions in the supra and infratentorial regions. Stereotactic biopsy was planned. On the second day of his admission he deteriorated and died the following day. The autopsy revealed a mass in the mediastinum. In the brain parenchyma were multiple cystic lesions between 0.5 and 3 cm in diameter. Histopathologically they were diagnosed as metastases from the thymic carcinoma. The mean survival with a single brain metastasis is approximately 256 days, whereas With multiple brain metastases it is only 64 days, thus treatment of this tumor demands prompt surgery whenever possible and optimal adjuvant therapy. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.