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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40--2

Movement disorders caused by brain tumours.


Department of Neurosurgery, Command Hospital (Sc), Pune, Maharashtra, 411040, India., India

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H S Bhatoe
Department of Neurosurgery, Command Hospital (Sc), Pune, Maharashtra, 411040, India.
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Movement disorders are uncommon presenting features of brain tumours. Early recognition of such lesions is important to arrest further deficit. We treated seven patients with movement disorders secondary to brain tumours over a period of seven years. Only two of these were intrinsic thalamic tumours (astrocytomas) while the rest were extrinsic tumours. The intrinsic tumours were accompanied by hemichorea. Among the extrinsic tumours, there was one pituitary macroadenoma with hemiballismus and four meningiomas with parkinsonism. Symptoms were unilateral in all patients except one with anterior third falcine meningioma who had bilateral rest tremors. There was relief in movement disorders observed after surgery. Imaging by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging is mandatory in the evaluation of movement disorders, especially if the presentation is atypical, unilateral and/or accompanied by long tract signs.






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