Practice Matters

How to Recognize and Treat Neoplastic Meningitis

Margaret M. Fields, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP®

From MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence to: Margaret M. Fields, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP®, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Neuro Oncology, 1400 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 431, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail: mmfields@mdanderson.org


J Adv Pract Oncol 2013;4:155–160 | DOI: 10.6004/jadpro.2013.4.3.3 | © 2013 Harborside Press®


  

ABSTRACT

Neoplastic meningitis (NM) needs to remain in the differential diagnosis of any cancer patient with new, particularly multifocal, neurologic symptoms. While a diagnosis of NM carries a poor prognosis, early identification and treatment can prevent neurologic deficits and extend survival with good quality of life.




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