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August 1953

VENTRICULAR DISPLACEMENT AND ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHIC FOCUS IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Author Affiliations

PITTSBURGH

From the Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1953;70(2):254-259. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1953.02320320120010
Abstract

MULTIPLE sclerosis often simulates a brain tumor, but the history and the impossibility of explaining the symptoms and signs on the basis of a single lesion usually establish the diagnosis. It is known that electroencephalograms show a tendency to slow focal activity in this disease, but the relatively few reports of air studies in multiple sclerosis have revealed only minor changes, all described as being due to diffuse or patchy cerebral atrophy, with secondary minor enlargement of the ventricular system.

REPORT OF A CASE  The present case illustrates a ventricular displacement in multiple sclerosis entirely compatible with the diagnosis of a brain tumor.D. R., an automobile mechanic aged 29, was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, on Sept. 9, 1952, with the complaint of paralysis of the left side, dizziness, and headaches. Nine years before he had joined the Air Corps and had completed 31 war missions

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