ROBERT M. BROOKS, M.D.; J. BLAKE TYRRELL, M.D.; THOMAS H. NEWTON, M.D.; PETER H. FORSHAM, M.D.
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To the editor: In a recent report on the diagnosis of intracranial atypical teratoma by use of computed tomography, Spiegel and associates (Ann Intern Med 85:290-293, 1976) suggest that "the great diagnostic usefulness" of this technique can permit irradiation without confirmation by biopsy. We report a case of intracranial atypical teratoma in which the computed tomography scan was negative.
A 16-year-old girl presented with weight loss and excessive thirst. Amenorrhea had begun 16 months previously. Severe headaches and chronic vomiting led to hospitalization for suspected anorexia nervosa.
Physical examination findings were normal except for minimal galactorrhea. Sedimentation rate was 42
BROOKS RM, TYRRELL JB, NEWTON TH, FORSHAM PH. Computer Tomography Misses Intracranial Teratoma. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:825. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-825_1
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