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Cancer Imaging. 2009 Oct 2;9 Spec No A:S14-21. doi: 10.1102/1470-7330.2009.9004.

Meninges in cancer imaging.

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National University Hospital, 119074, Singapore. gm18radio@yahoo.com

Abstract

Primary malignant tumours arising from the meninges are distinctly uncommon, and when they occur, they are usually sarcomas. In contrast, metastatic meningeal involvement is increasingly seen as advances in cancer therapy have changed the natural history of malignant disease and prolonged the life span of cancer patients. The meninges can either be infiltrated by contiguous extension of primary tumours of the central nervous system, paranasal sinuses and skull base origin or can be diffusely infiltrated from haematogenous dissemination from distant primary malignancies. Imaging in these patients provides crucial information in planning management. This article reviews the pertinent anatomy that underlies imaging findings, discusses the mechanism of meningeal metastasis and highlights different imaging patterns of meningeal carcinomatosis and the pitfalls.

PMID:
19965290
PMCID:
PMC2797462
DOI:
10.1102/1470-7330.2009.9004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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