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Brain tumour mimics and chameleons
  1. David Bradley,
  2. Jeremy Rees
  1. National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jeremy Rees, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, Mailbox 99, London WC1N 3BG, UK; j.rees{at}ion.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

The timely diagnosis of a brain tumour is crucial to optimising outcome in a group of patients with limited survival. Several common neurological conditions mimic brain tumours, causing concern to patient and physician until the correct diagnosis becomes clear. In addition, atypical presentations of brain tumours may cause diagnostic confusion, acting as chameleons and delaying correct workup and treatment. This review focuses on the important mimics and chameleons encountered in clinical practice, aiming to illustrate the wide range of clinical neurology encountered in this specialty and to provide guidance on reaching the correct diagnosis.

  • NEUROONCOLOGY
  • MRI

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