Letter to the Editor

Breast Cancer Relapsing as Carcinomatous Meningitis

Authors: Sumit Gaur, MD


Carcinomatous meningitis is an underdiagnosed complication of solid tumors. Autopsy data suggest a prevalence of 20% in patients who die as a result of systemic cancer. 1 It is usually suspected in patients with widely disseminated disease who present with neurologic symptoms and in whom routine imaging studies fail to show central nervous system metastases. We recently treated a patient with a history of breast cancer whose sole manifestation of relapse was neurologic deficits secondary to carcinomatous meningitis.

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