BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Following a routine trip to the doctor’s office, an 84-year-old man from Ireland discovered that most of the right side of his brain was missing and a large air pocket taking its place. The patient was in otherwise perfect health, save for weakness on his left side and unsteady walking.
Air Pocket Formed by Benign Bone Tumor, Doctors Revealed
Dr. Finlay Brown, one of the physicians involved in the Irish man’s case, declared that this is, by far, the largest formation of this kind ever to be recorded. The physician added that, in most cases, these air pockets called pneumocephalus, appear after brain surgery.
In the patient’s case, the condition was facilitated by an osteotoma, a benign bone tumor, which erodes his sinuses. Basically, every time the patient sneezed or a cough, tiny air bubble would travel to his brain, thus creating a pressurized air pocket.
According to Brown, the 84-year-old patient was in perfect health, with no history of smoking or drinking. The man came to the doctor’s office about weakness on his left side and because he took many a tumble because of his unsteady walk.
A CT scan revealed the pressurized air pocket where his right side of the brain should have been. Measurements revealed that the formation was at least 3.5 inches. Brown declared that his left-sided weakness was unrelated to the pneumocephalus but rather the side-effect of a minor brain stroke.
The patient needs two separate surgeries – one to get rid of the air pocket via decompression and another one to excise the bone tumor.
After 12 weeks of recovery, the 84-year-old was discharged from the hospital in good condition. Brown concluded his statement by declaring that the Irish man’s case was singular and it revealed much useful information about the condition.
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