Case-Based Review

Metastatic Brain Tumors


Series Editor: Arthur T. Skarin, MD, FACP, FCCP

Systemic cancer can affect the central nervous system in several different ways, including direct tumor metastasis and indirect remote effects. Intracranial metastasis can involve the skull, dura, and leptomeninges (arachnoid and pia mater), as well as the brain parenchyma. Of these, parenchymal brain metastases are the most common and have been found in as many as 24% of cancer patients in autopsy studies. It has been reported that metastatic brain tumors outnumber primary brain tumors 10 to 1.

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