A Silent and Debilitating Case of Obstructing Hydrocephalus | 45542

Relatos de Casos de Oncologia e Câncer

ISSN - 2471-8556


A Silent and Debilitating Case of Obstructing Hydrocephalus

Alex Zaharcu, Rohit Kumar, Mark Phillip Baker, John Guirgis, Furqan Haq and Nemer Dabage

Background: Leptomeningeal metastases are complications of advanced cancer and have a scarce but often death-dealing incidence. Diagnosis often requires a good measure of suspicion and patients can present with a vast diversity of signs and symptoms.

Case presentation: A 76-year-old male who comes in with altered mental status of unknown etiology with past medical history significant for multiple types of cancer and recent travel to Vancouver. He was investigated by our internal medicine team for altered mental status, pulmonology for a possible pneumonia, neurology for possible HSV encephalitis vs. cranial metastases and infectious disease for a new onset rash on his torso.

Conclusion: Metastasis was diagnosed through spinal fluid cell analysis and patient was sent to hospice.