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April 1931

PRIMARY MELANOBLASTOSIS OF THE LEPTOMENINGES AND BRAIN

Author Affiliations

PROVIDENCE, R. I.; NEW YORK

From the Laboratories of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, and the Providence City Hospital, Providence, R. I.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(4):803-823. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230040137006
Abstract

Primary melanoblastosis of the meninges is not unknown, but the number of cases recorded is rather small. Though the case here reported, like the instances previously described, offers no diagnostic criteria that would aid in identifying the condition during life, the rarity and the academic significance of this type of lesion justify a more detailed description of the anatomic and clinical manifestations.

RECORD OF CASE 

Clinical History.  —E. G., a youth, aged 16, was admitted to the Providence City Hospital because of repeated epileptiform attacks, associated with headache and fainting spells, during the preceding six months. He was the youngest of a family of three. An older sister ran away from home and an older brother was in a reformatory school. The father died of tuberculosis; the mother was alive and well. The birth of the patient was at full term and uneventful. While physical development was apparently normal, he

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