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Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LC) is commonly observed in malignant lymphoproliferative diseases (leukemias and lymphomas), and it can rarely be the presenting feature of a solid tumour. The types of tumour most commonly associated with that condition are breast, lung and gastrointestinal carcinomas and malignant melanoma. We report a patient with a carcinoma of probable renal origin who presented with meningeal carcinomatosis, without any symptom attributable to the initial tumour. We review and discuss the diagnostic criteria, the pathophysiology and the therapeutic outlook of this relatively uncommon type of metastatic disease.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neurologia (Barcelona, Spain)

Publication Date

04/1989

Volume

4

Pages

103 - 106

Keywords

Humans, Carcinoma, Meningeal Neoplasms, Kidney Neoplasms, Middle Aged, Male