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2020 Jul 22




Brain Metastasis of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma in Pregnancy: A Case Report and Literature Review.


Lopes Rufino EP, Ribeiro da Costa Gomes ES, Silva Loureiro LM, Oliveira Eugenio P, Vaz-Guimaraes F
Cureus. 2020 Jul 22; 12(7):e9337.
PMID: 32850211.


Brain metastases (BMs) related to cancer are quite common and represent the most common brain cancer. We present a rare case of a 32-year-old female, 36 weeks pregnant, admitted to the emergency with complaints of severe headache, vomiting, and left hemiparesis associated with drowsiness. Cranial tomography showed an image suggestive of an expansive lesion in the right front-temporo-insular region with an important mass effect. The result of biopsy with immunohistochemistry was compatible with metastasis of follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC). The knowledge of neurological characteristics in the clinical analysis of patients with thyroid carcinoma must be highly valued, both in the correct interpretation of the signs and in the early investigation through skull imaging exams.