Mental neuropathy from systemic cancer.

Journal Article (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

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.31.10.1277


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States