Neuroradiologic findings in leptomeningeal carcinomatosis: the value interest of gadolinium-enhanced MRI

Neuroradiology. 1990;32(1):26-32. doi: 10.1007/BF00593937.


Four patients with leptomeningeal metastases documented by neuroradiological examinations are reported. All had central nervous system or systemic neoplasms and showed clinical signs of carcinomatous meningitis. Gadolinium-enhanced MRI (Gd-MRI) disclosed for each patient pathological foci, allowing delineation of the extent of meningeal disease. Although non-specific, these findings, combined with the clinical context and CSF analysis, may lead to a rapid diagnosis and treatment of carcinomatous meningitis, even when malignant cells are not detected in the cerebrospinal fluid.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Gadolinium DTPA
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Meningioma / diagnosis
  • Meningioma / secondary*
  • Middle Aged
  • Organometallic Compounds*
  • Pentetic Acid*


  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Pentetic Acid
  • Gadolinium DTPA