Mental neuropathy from systemic cancer.


Journal Article

Nineteen patients with mental neuropathy secondary to systemic cancer are described. In nine patients, the numb chin was the presenting symptom of a neoplasm. Nine patients had lymphoreticular malignancies, and the others had a variety of solid tumors. Radiograms of the mandible were abnormal in 5 of 12 patients. The cerebrospinal fluid contained malignant cells in two. Resolution, complete or partial, occurred in 16 of 19 patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy, including 8 who received chemotherapy alone. Sixteen of the 19 patients died within 17 months of the onset of the neuropathy. A nontraumatic mental neuropathy should initiate a search for cancer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Massey, EW; Moore, J; Schold, SC

Published Date

  • October 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1277 - 1281

PubMed ID

  • 6287347

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6287347

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.31.10.1277


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States