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Malignant or carcinomatous meningitis

Malignant or carcinomatous meningitis is meningitis caused by cancer

Meningitis Now - Research

This type of meningitis is quite rare and affects less than 5% of cancer patients with a solid tumour, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or melanoma.

The facts

  • Malignant meningitis may develop when the cancer spreads to the central nervous system
  • Fat droplets leaking into the space between the skull and brain due to rupture of benign tumours can also cause meningitis
  • Malignant meningitis may resolve with successful treatment of the cancer through chemotherapy

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