Doc find air pocket where part of man's brain should be

Doc find air pocket where part of man's brain should be

Doc find air pocket where part of man's brain should be

As explained in a case report called "The man that lost (part of) his mind" in the journal BMJ Case Reports, the 84-year-old man turned up to the emergency room at Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland after suffering from a weakness on the left side of his body and repeatedly falling over.

Still, there were no red flags in the man's medical history.

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. The man was a nonsmoker and drank rarely, the article continued.

Routine blood tests and regular health checks he undertook also failed to detect any sort of deformity, despite the huge hole inside his head.

Brown and co-author Djamil Vahidassr described the case in an article published in BMJ Case Reports in February.

"He was otherwise fit and well, independent with physical activities of daily living. and lived at home with his wife and two sons". Dr. Finlay Brown told The Washington Post. The condition is when a pocket of pressurized air forms within the cranium, which typically happens after brain surgery, the study's authors said. In this man's case, the air cavity measured 3.5 inches at its longest point - an enormous size.

"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 said.

The pneumocephalus, in this case, was caused by an osteoma, a benign bone tumor, that formed in the patient's sinuses and eroded through the base of his skull.

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.

"From speaking to the specialists, it seems it has been progressing insidiously over months to years", Brown said.

"We thought that this was a pocket of air but were not sure how it had got there!"
He was also offered surgery to decompress the air pocket and to remove the bone growth from his sinus. He was later discharged and put on a secondary stroke prevention program, after which his left-sided weakness appeared to have been resolved. In a 12-week follow-up, the man was reported to be doing fine and his left-side weakness had cleared up.

Brown and his coauthors, however, stressed in their paper that symptoms like this patient's should always be thoroughly explored.

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