Pocket of air found where man's brain should've been

Pocket of air found where man's brain should've been

After experiencing some pain in his legs and suffering multiple falls, an unidentified 84-year-old man visited Causeway Hospital in February.

The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren't uncommon for a patient his age. The doctors reported the discovery recently inBMJ Case Reports.

Routine blood tests and regular health checks he undertook also failed to detect any sort of deformity, despite the huge hole inside his head.

The paper included gobsmacking medical scan images which show the 9cm air-filled pocket in his brain, revealing it was located in his right frontal lobe which controls muscle on the left side of the body.

A Belfast man stunned doctors in Northern Ireland with a medical scan revealing a 3-inch air pocket replacing part of his brain.

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.

"In my research for writing the case report I wasn't able to find very many documented cases of a similar nature to this one", Brown told the Washington Post.

These air pockets can occur for a number of reasons, namely as a result of an injury to the head, an infection, or the aftereffects of a surgical procedure. When doctors were told that neither of these scenarios applied to the patient, they were "left very curious as to the cause of these findings", Brown said.

It later turned out that the pneumocephalus, which means there is air in the cranium, has probably been caused by a benign bone tumour which means the base of the skull has eroded allowing air in, likely to have been going on for months and years.

An MRI scan also revealed an osteoma, or benign bone tumor, in a part of the skull that separates the brain from the nasal cavity, called the ethmoid bone. However, due to the man's age and current state of health, he is declining surgery.

The MRI also revealed that the patient had experienced a small stroke related to the air pocket in his brain. That could explain the small stroke that the man was found to have suffered and caused his left-side weakness.

Brown added that "unfortunately, as there are not many cases [of pneumocephalus] published, it is hard to know the exact prognosis".

Brown said he had never seen a case of brain pneumatocele tied to symptoms of falling, and he made a decision to publish this case to emphasize "the importance of thorough investigation of even the most common of symptoms", Brown said.

"Because every now and then, there will be a rare [or] unknown causation of these that could be overlooked", he told LiveScience.

Related Articles

  • Selma Blair says Cameron Diaz 'retiring' comments were meant as a joke

    Selma Blair says Cameron Diaz 'retiring' comments were meant as a joke

    Recalling a conversation they had about their 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing , Blair said, "I had lunch with Cameron the other day. However, Selma Blair has now clarified over Twitter that Diaz is not retiring from acting, and what she said was a "joke".
    Amy Schumer Won't Take Husband Chris Fischer's Last Name for This Reason

    Amy Schumer Won't Take Husband Chris Fischer's Last Name for This Reason

    The wife survived and the teen mistress, nicknamed "Long Island Lolita" by the press, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Discussing newlywed life, Schumer told the SiriusXM show You Up With Nikki Glaser , "It feels f**king good!"
    Tim McGraw is scaling back his workout after collapsing onstage

    Tim McGraw is scaling back his workout after collapsing onstage

    An edited clip published by the Blast shows McGraw and wife Faith Hill de-planing on Monday. Shortly after, there was an announcement that there was a medical issue and to be patient.
  • Ronda Rousey was missing from WWE Raw

    Ronda Rousey was missing from WWE Raw

    Kurt's then asked Roman Reigns , who is the No 1 contenders for Brock Lesnar's WWE Universal title to come out in the ring. The ex-WWE Champion could feature in the film of the match that would see him getting back on the road to WrestleMania .
    Bihar BYPOLL: Controversy over Gorakhpur counting process

    Bihar BYPOLL: Controversy over Gorakhpur counting process

    However, as of now, only the initial rounds of counting has been completed, and these are heavily influenced by postal votes. In Araria, Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate Pradip Kumar Singh is leading over RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam.
    Gold Prices Push Into Positive Territory After In-Line Rise In US CPI

    Gold Prices Push Into Positive Territory After In-Line Rise In US CPI

    The RBI targets inflation over the medium term at 4 percent with an upper limit of 6 percent and a lower threshold of 2 percent. Capital goods output grew by 14.6 per cent in January as against a contraction of 0.6 per cent in the same period a year ago .
  • Analysts Recommendations Netflix, Inc. (NFLX)

    Analysts Recommendations Netflix, Inc. (NFLX)

    Netflix, Inc . (NASDAQ:NFLX) touched its 1-Year High price of $333.98 on 03/12/18 and its 1-Year Low price of $138.66 on 04/19/17. Home Bancorp had 5 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NASDAQ:NFLX) rating on Tuesday, April 19.
    Case Keenum to Sign Contract with Broncos After 1 Year with Vikings

    Case Keenum to Sign Contract with Broncos After 1 Year with Vikings

    Denver also has the No. 5 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft but should be off the board for taking an early QB. That doesn't all go on the players. "I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly".
    Kinder Morgan INC Del (KMI) Shareholder Fpr Partners LLC Raised Stake

    Kinder Morgan INC Del (KMI) Shareholder Fpr Partners LLC Raised Stake

    The company was initiated on Wednesday, October 11 by Wells Fargo. (NYSE: KMI ) on Thursday, January 28 to "Outperform" rating. The pipeline company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.03.
  • Former President Lee shows up to be questioned by prosecutors

    Former President Lee shows up to be questioned by prosecutors

    Before he entered the prosecutors' office, Lee announced to reporters that he is in a "position of awful discomfort today". Moon, who was Roh's chief of staff, previously called the Roh investigation by the Lee government politically motivated.
    Famed theoretical physicist dies at 76

    Famed theoretical physicist dies at 76

    My favourite was his insight into evaporating black holes, which combined general relativity and quantum mechanics. He was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21, while a doctoral student in cosmology at the University of Cambridge .
    Tim Tebow Demoted By New York Mets To Minor League Camp

    Tim Tebow Demoted By New York Mets To Minor League Camp

    Tebow can still feature for the two-time World Series champions but he would have to be called over from the minor league side. Tebow will now join the Mets' minor league camp where he will face competition that's more on his level.