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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
Rivista di Neurochirurgia
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2001 December;45(4):235-40
Primary leptomeningeal melanomatosis: early leptomeningeal enhancement on MRI
Celli P., Acqui M., Trillò G., Ramundo E. O., D'Andrea G., Roperto R., Ferrante L.
Department of Neurological Sciences, II Chair of Neurosurgery, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
One unusual case of primary leptomeningeal melanomatosis is presented. The patient, 53-year-old male, was admitted to our observation for 1 month history of psychasthenia and amnesia. Despite several polyspecialistic clinical, neuroradiological and cytological examinations, conclusive diagnosis was made only with a biopsy of leptomeningeal nodule. The present case allows as to identify 2 stages in the evolution of primary diffuse leptomeningeal melanomatosis. The initial phase is characterized by slight mental impairment without hydrocephalus; during the later phase there is severe, diffuse neurological impairment and both CT and MRI show hypercaptation of the intracranial leptomeninges and multiple, leptomeningeal tumoral nodules.