Neurological Sciences

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 251–254 | Cite as

Neoplastic meningitis from breast carcinoma with complete response to liposomal cytarabine: case report

  • Paola GavianiEmail author
  • A. Silvani
  • E. Corsini
  • A. Erbetta
  • A. Salmaggi
Case Report


Neoplastic meningitis from breast cancer often leads to a progressive neurologic deterioration followed by fatal outcome. The therapy is based on the administration of high dose systemic chemotherapy with drugs able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, such as methotrexate (MTX) and cytarabine, cranial or craniospinal irradiation, and intrathecal (IT) administration of MTX and/or cytarabine. However, these approaches only have modest efficacy and are associated with side effects for the patients. A depot formulation of liposomal cytarabine (DepoCyte®) has proven to be useful in clinical trials. We describe the case of a woman with a diagnosis of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis from breast carcinoma who presented cerebrospinal fluid normalization and prolonged complete MRI response to intrathecal chemotherapy with liposomal cytarabine (DepoCyte).


Neoplastic meningitis Breast carcinoma Chemotherapy Liposomal cytarabine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Gaviani
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Silvani
    • 1
  • E. Corsini
    • 2
  • A. Erbetta
    • 3
  • A. Salmaggi
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuro Oncology DepartmentFondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo BestaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Clinical AnalysesFondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo BestaMilanItaly
  3. 3.Neuroradiology DepartmentFondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo BestaMilanItaly

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