Transient and spontaneously-remitting complex hallucinations in a patient with melanoma and brain metastases.
BACKGROUND: Neuropsychiatric sequelae are common in primary and secondary brain tumors, with symptoms varying as a function of tumor type, location, and size. OBJECTIVE: The author presents a case of a 49-year-old woman with melanoma metastatic to the brain, in an effort to link lesions and complex olfactory and visual hallucinations. METHOD: The patient's history and clinical diagnostic procedures are presented. RESULTS: A computerized tomographic scan showed lesions in the right parietal lobe, bilateral ring enhancing lesions, an enhancing lesion in the frontal lobes, and another lesion in the left temporal lobe. DISCUSSION: The author discusses possible causal connections among lesions found and various complex symptoms.
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