What Is Leptomeningeal Disease?

Q:
What is leptomeningeal disease?

A:
Leptomeningeal disease (LMD) is also known as carcinomatous meningitis. It occurs when a metastatic or primary disease spreads to the space that stores cerebrospinal fluid. LMD is believed to develop in 3-5% of cancer patients.

Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Seizure
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty walking

Causes:
As tumor cells get into a person’s cerebrospinal fluid pathways, reach the brain and spinal cord and start to grow, LMD occurs.

So far, the disease is usually treated with chemotherapy.

 

Keywords: leptomeningeal disease; leptomeningeal metastases

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