An unusual cause of dementia

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Authors: Vassallo, M. and Allen, S.C.

Journal: Postgraduate Medical Journal

Volume: 71

Pages: 483-484

ISSN: 0032-5473

DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.71.838.483

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare cerebral tumour that presents with personality and mental state changes. Diagnosis can be very difficult and many times is made at post mortem. We describe a 63-year-old man who presented initially with depression that merged into a schizophrenia-like illness, and who developed progressive dementia prior to his death. Two computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain were normal and the diagnosis of gliomatosis cerebri was made at post mortem. The progressively changing mental state was suggestive of an organic cause of his illness. Since this tumour may not be detected by a CT scan, a magnetic resonance imaging scan with T2-weighted images with spin echo sequences of the brain should be performed. Prognosis is very poor but diagnosis is important to plan terminal care. The patient described was unusual because he was older than most people with this tumour, and he presented with psychiatric symptoms which were thought to be non-organic for almost two years.

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Authors: Vassallo, M. and Allen, S.

Journal: Postgrad Med J

Volume: 71

Issue: 838

Pages: 483-484

ISSN: 0032-5473

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare cerebral tumour that presents with personality and mental state changes. Diagnosis can be very difficult and many times is made at post mortem. We describe a 63-year-old man who presented initially with depression that merged into a schizophrenia-like illness, and who developed progressive dementia prior to his death. Two computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain were normal and the diagnosis of gliomatosis cerebri was made at post mortem. The progressively changing mental state was suggestive of an organic cause of his illness. Since this tumour may not be detected by a CT scan, a magnetic resonance imaging scan with T2-weighted images with spin echo sequences of the brain should be performed. Prognosis is very poor but diagnosis is important to plan terminal care. The patient described was unusual because he was older than most people with this tumour, and he presented with psychiatric symptoms which were thought to be non-organic for almost two years.

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Authors: Vassallo, M. and Allen, S.

Journal: Postgraduate Medical Journal

Volume: 71

Issue: 838

Pages: 483-484

ISSN: 0032-5473

DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.71.838.483

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare cerebral tumour that presents with personality and mental state changes. Diagnosis can be very difficult and many times is made at post mortem. We describe a 63-yearold man who presented initially with depression that merged into a schizophrenia-like illness, and who developed progressive dementia prior to his death. Two computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain were normal and the diagnosis of gliomatosis cerebri was made at post mortem. The progressively changing mental state was suggestive of an organic cause of his illness. Since this tumour may not be detected by a CT scan, a magnetic resonance imaging scan with T2-weighted images with spin echo sequences of the brain should be performed. Prognosis is very poor but diagnosis is important to plan terminal care. The patient described was unusual because he was older than most people with this tumour, and he presented with psychiatric symptoms which were thought to be non-organic for almost two years.

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Authors: VASSALLO, M. and ALLEN, S.

Journal: POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL JOURNAL

Volume: 71

Issue: 838

Pages: 483-484

ISSN: 0032-5473

DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.71.838.483

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Authors: Vassallo, M. and Allen, S.

Journal: Postgraduate medical journal

Volume: 71

Issue: 838

Pages: 483-484

eISSN: 1469-0756

ISSN: 0032-5473

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare cerebral tumour that presents with personality and mental state changes. Diagnosis can be very difficult and many times is made at post mortem. We describe a 63-year-old man who presented initially with depression that merged into a schizophrenia-like illness, and who developed progressive dementia prior to his death. Two computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain were normal and the diagnosis of gliomatosis cerebri was made at post mortem. The progressively changing mental state was suggestive of an organic cause of his illness. Since this tumour may not be detected by a CT scan, a magnetic resonance imaging scan with T2-weighted images with spin echo sequences of the brain should be performed. Prognosis is very poor but diagnosis is important to plan terminal care. The patient described was unusual because he was older than most people with this tumour, and he presented with psychiatric symptoms which were thought to be non-organic for almost two years.

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