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J Clin Neurosci. 2005 May;12(4):379-82.

Spinal and extracranial metastatic dissemination of malignant glioma.

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Department of Neurosurgery, National Neuroscience Institute, Tan Tock Seng, Singapore. wai_hoe_ng@ttsh.com.sg

Abstract

Metastatic dissemination of malignant glioma is rare. Metastatic disease usually occurs within the neuraxis but extracranial spread to the liver, spleen, lung, peritoneum and lymph nodes can also occur. In most cases of metastatic disease, the patient has previously undergone a craniotomy. The prognosis is uniformly poor. The vast majority of patients do not survive beyond six months from diagnosis of metastatic spread of a primary intracranial tumour. The pathophysiology and natural history of this condition is still not fully understood, hence well-designed prospective studies are needed.

PMID:
15925766
DOI:
10.1016/j.jocn.2004.11.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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