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Letters Identifying brain tumours

Consider tuberculoma and cysticercosis in the differential diagnosis of brain tumour in tropical countries

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6604
  1. Rajesh Gothi, consultant radiologist1
  1. 1South Delhi Ultrasound and X-ray Clinic, New Delhi 110016, India
  1. rajeshgothi{at}

In the differential diagnosis of a suspected brain tumour,1 particularly in tropical countries, tuberculomas and cysticercosis must also be considered. They are far more common than brain tumours and often mimic brain tumours clinically and on imaging. Stereotactic biopsies; laboratory investigations, such as examination of the cerebrospinal fluid; immunological tests, chest radiography; and family history of exposure may be needed to make a diagnosis.2 3 4 5 6 7 8 These cases respond well to medical management.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6604


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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