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Cancer Involving Cranial and Peripheral Nerves and Muscles

Lisa M. Deangelis and Jerome B. Posner

in Neurologic Complications of Cancer

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195366747
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195366747.003.0008

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Cancer Involving Cranial and Peripheral Nerves and Muscles

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Both metastatic and nonmetastatic complications of cancer can affect peripheral nerves. Metastases are the common cause of cranial nerve involvement in cancer patients; peripheral nerve involvement is more commonly nonmetastatic (see Chapter 12). Although peripheral nerve lesions generally lack the potential for neurologic devastation that occurs with brain, leptomeningeal, and spinal cord metastases, they often cause severe pain and, depending on the nerve involved, can cause substantial neurologic disability. Muscle metastases are uncommon, but can cause significant symptoms. They are also considered in this chapter.

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Subjects: Neurology

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