BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.12.2011.5440
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Intraventricular metastases from small cell carcinoma of the lung

  1. Esther Uña
  1. Oncology Department, Clinical Universitary Hospital, Valladolid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Esther Uña, aunacid{at}


Small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) represents 15–20% of all lung cancers. It is characterised by rapid growth and early metastatic dissemination. Generally, the prognosis of these patients is poor. When brain metastases develop, the prognosis is even poorer. Most of these cases present parenchymal metastases; however, intraventricular dissemination may also occur although it is very uncommon. To our knowledge the case reported here is the first showing multiple synchronic intraventricular dissemination from SCLC.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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