More MS news articles for July 2002

Non-neoplastic demyelinating process mimicking a disseminated malignant brain tumour

J Clin Neurosci 2002 May;9(3):313-7
Mujic A, Liddell J, Hunn A, McArdle J, Beasley A.
Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Non-neoplastic demyelinating processes of the brain with ring enhancing lesions and mass effect on MRI imaging, mimicking malignant brain tumours, are rare phenomena.We document the case of a 32 year old male with clinical, radiological and initial histological findings, suggestive of a malignant brain tumour.

Additional investigations confirmed the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.This case is significant as the lesion could not be easily distinguished from a malignant brain tumour on imaging alone.

Cases such as this illustrate the importance of considering a demyelinating process in the differential diagnosis of tumour-like brain lesions.

Copyright 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.