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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 4:218

First Online: 21 July 2010Received: 26 September 2009Accepted: 21 July 2010DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-4-218

Cite this article as: Hortelano, E., Perea, C., Uña, E. et al. J Med Case Reports 2010 4: 218. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-4-218


IntroductionColorectal cancer is one of the most common human diseases worldwide, and metastases are detected in approximately 20% of patients at diagnosis. Brain metastases occur in only 4% of cases, however, and usually present with hemiparesis or other motor or sensory symptoms. There have been only a few reports of parkinsonism secondary to a brain tumor-related mass effect.

Case presentationWe present an unusual case of parkinsonism secondary to multiple brain metastases. A 57-year-old Caucasian man had recently been diagnosed with primary carcinoma of the colon and had multiple metastases in the lungs and liver. He subsequently developed bilateral symmetrical parkinsonism, and multiple brain tumors were detected by computed tomography scanning. The condition of our patient deteriorated rapidly, and he became akinetic and dependent for all activities of daily living. He was followed up and treated at home by our palliative care unit team and died two weeks after the onset of his neurologic symptoms.

ConclusionAlthough primary and secondary brain tumors are uncommon causes of parkinsonism, their clinical presentation may resemble that of idiopathic Parkinson-s disease. An awareness of this rare differential diagnosis is therefore important in ensuring early diagnosis and treatment, thus improving prognosis and quality of life. A rapid progression in neurologic symptoms was observed in our patient, and clinicians should be alert to this atypical presentation of secondary parkinsonism.

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Autor: Eduardo Hortelano - Christian Perea - Esther Uña - Amelia Cebayos - Patricia Diezhandino - Montserrat González


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