A case of metastatic brain tumor mimicking an expanding thalamic hematoma

Yutaka Fujioka, Toshiyuki Amano, Akira Nakamizo, Satoshi Matsuo, Shigeto Kawauchi

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Background: Brain tumor are a major etiology of secondary intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) because ICH in patients with cancer often occurs from an intratumoral hemorrhage. However, it is sometimes difficult to detect a tumor when it is tiny and buried, especially during initial examination. Case Description: A 65-year-old woman who was diagnosed with pulmonary small cell carcinoma 6 months previously developed sudden-onset consciousness disturbance and left hemiparesis. Head computed tomography (CT) showed a round, high-density lesion with a diameter of 31 mm in the right thalamus. There was no enhancement with administration of contrast agent. Five days later, CT revealed significant progression of the hematoma in the thalamus with perifocal edema. She underwent total removal of the hematoma. Histopathological examination revealed a tiny cluster of metastatic cancer tissue within the hematoma. Conclusions: When cerebral hemorrhage occurs in a cancer patient, we must consider the possibility of hemorrhage due to a brain metastasis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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