• Doctors find air pocket where part of liberal man's brain should be

    From Leroy N. Soetoro@21:1/5 to All on Wed Mar 14 23:39:17 2018
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/03/12/doctors- find-air-pocket-where-part-of-mans-brain-should-be/?utm_term=.9bcb07524a02

    The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that
    weren't uncommon for a patient his age.

    He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating
    in repeated falls in recent weeks. In the three days leading up to his
    hospital visit, his left arm and leg had noticeably weakened.

    Still, there were no red flags in the man's medical history. He didn't
    smoke. He rarely drank. A blood test detected nothing abnormal.

    “There was no confusion, facial weakness, visual or speech disturbance,” doctors stated in a summary of the man's case published Feb. 27 in the
    medical journal BMJ Case Reports. “He was otherwise fit and well,
    independent with physical activities of daily living ... and lived at home
    with his wife and two sons.”

    In other words, doctors thought, there was nothing apparent that would
    have suggested a clear reason for his symptoms. In a way, they wouldn't be wrong.

    It was only after CT and MRI scans that the patient's medical team made an alarming discovery: Where much of the man's right frontal lobe of his
    brain should have been, there was simply a large blank space.

    Finlay Brown, a physician who was working in the emergency department at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, at the time, remembers reviewing the brain-imaging scans with the rest of the staff.

    "(We) were all very perplexed by the images we saw!” Brown told The
    Washington Post in an email.

    The scans were so extreme, doctors wondered if the man had forgotten to disclose previous brain surgery or birth defects. He said he had not.

    It turned out the man had pneumocephalus, or the presence of air in his cranium, a condition that is found in “nearly 100 percent of cases after
    brain surgery,” Brown said. It can also occur after sinus infections and
    head or facial injuries — but with pockets of air or gas that are far

    In this case, the patient's pneumatocele — or pressurized air cavity —
    measured about 3½ inches at its longest, according to the BMJ Case Reports article.

    “In my research for writing the case report I wasn't able to find very
    many documented cases of a similar nature to this one,” Brown told The

    The pneumatocele's likely cause, an MRI would show, was an osteoma, or
    benign bone tumor, that had formed in the man's sinus and was eroding
    through the base of the skull, Brown said.

    The tumor's formation and location had allowed for something of a “one-way valve effect” that had gradually contributed to the cranial air cavity, he added.

    “From speaking to the specialists, it seems it has been progressing
    insidiously over months to years,” Brown said. “When the patient sniffed/sneezed/coughed he would most likely be pushing small amounts of
    air into his head.”

    The air cavity was also reported as a “rare cause” of a small stroke the
    man had suffered, which had likely led to the left-side weakness and other symptoms that prompted the man's hospital visit, according to the BMJ Case Reports study.

    Brown said the patient could have undergone surgeries: One that would decompress the air pocket in his head and another that would eliminate the tumor that had created the “one-way valve” and allowed air to move into
    the cavity in the first place.

    However, the man declined both, because of his age and other health
    factors. He was given medication to prevent a secondary stroke and sent
    home with orders to monitor whether his left-side weakness worsened.

    His nonsurgical approach is not without risk: It's likely the patient will
    be at a greater risk for infection, since there remains a passageway for
    air — and therefore bacteria and viruses — into his brain cavity, Brown

    “Unfortunately, as there are not many cases published, it is hard to know
    the exact prognosis,” Brown said.

    So far, though, the man appears to be doing well, despite the cranial air pocket. During a follow-up appointment 12 weeks after his hospital visit,
    the patient reportedly no longer felt weakness on his left side and
    “remained well,” according to his case study.

    Brown told LiveScience he wanted to publish this case study to stress “the importance of thorough investigation of even the most common of symptoms,”
    as an octogenarian's frequent falls and imbalance could have easily been written off.

    “Because every now and then, there will be a rare [or] unknown causation
    of these that could be overlooked,” he told the science news site.

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