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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 79--80

Foramen magnum metastatic malignant melanoma

Department of Neurosurgery, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Gokula Extension, Bangalore-560054, India

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S B Pai
737, 14th Cross, Girinagar II Phase, Bangalore-560085
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The foramen magnum as a site for brain metastasis is extremely rare. We report the case of a 24-year-old male who presented with features of increased intracranial pressure and lower cranial nerve palsies. Imaging revealed a foramen magnum tumor with extension up to the cerebellar vermis superiorly and into the spinal canal inferiorly (craniospinal mass) with mild obstructive hydrocephalus. A malignant melanoma was completely excised. The patient continued to be tumor-free 24 months later.


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