Dural metastasis mimicking falx meningioma. Case report

A Richiello, L Sparano, M L Del Basso De Caro, G Russo
Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2003, 47 (3): 167-71; discussion 171
A case of a 66-year-old woman with anterior-3(rd) falx metastasis from mammary carcinoma is reported. Radiological and therapeutic aspects are reported. The clinical presentation was headache and confusion together with gait disturbance. MRI showed a frontobasal mass with dural attachment suggestive of meningioma. Surgical resection was decided. Histology confirmed the diagnosis of breast cancer dural metastasis. Dural metastases are not frequent. Two radiological aspects are described: subdural hemorrhage and dural mass. No definitive theory exists about etiopathogenesis. As radiological findings are not specific, we emphasize the importance of suspecting dural metastasis in patients with tumor mass involving dura mater.

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