MICHAEL I. WEINTRAUB, M.D.
Clinicians believe that a positive computed tomographic (CT) scan shows an underlying pathologic process. However, transient neurologic syndromes (seizures, transient cerebral ischemic attacks) can present as a false-positive CT scan in both adults and children (1, 2). To avoid potentially unnecessary diagnostic and surgical procedures, physicians must consider positive CT scans in the context of altered blood-brain barrier function. The following case shows this misleading finding.
A 56-year-old previously healthy woman suddenly developed numbness of the right side of the body, followed by weakness and headache. These symptoms persisted for at least 6 hours. Neurologic examination confirmed rightsided sensory-motor changes
WEINTRAUB MI. False-Positive Brain Tumor. Ann Intern Med. ;108:775. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-5-775_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(5):775.
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