Choroid plexus carcinoma: case report
Abstract in English

Eduardo Gonçalves, Paulo Ferretti Bonan, Hercílio Martelli Junior

Abstract


AIMS: To describe a case of choroid plexus carcinoma which initial signs and symptoms were related to the upper respiratory tract, contrary to the classic symptomatology of this disease reported in the literature.
CASE DESCRIPTION: A two years and eight months old boy was admitted due to acute respiratory failure. He was treated with antibiotics for suspected croup without success. After two weeks he presented neurological manifestations that led to investigation and diagnosis of choroid plexus carcinoma. Resection was contraindicated due to extension of the tumor and involvement of vital areas.
CONCLUSIONS: The rapid evolution of choroid plexus carcinoma in this case points to the need for early suspicion of central nervous system disorders. This case may alert pediatricians to the need to consider the presence of a brain tumor causing injury to the vagus nerve in cases of respiratory distress resistant to treatment.

Keywords


BRAIN NEOPLASMS; CHOROID PLEXUS NEOPLASMS/diagnosis; VAGUS NERVE/injuries; SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, RESPIRATORY; NEUROBEHAVIORAL MANIFESTATIONS; CHILD; MALE; CASE REPORTS.



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