Cerebrospinal fluid diversion outcomes in patients with leptomeningeal metastasis

Takeaway

  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunting in patients with leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) provided symptomatic relief and increased rates of hospital discharge.

Why this matters

  • Metastatic spread to the membranes lining the brain and spinal cord, known as LM, occurs in approximately 4% of patients with solid tumor malignancies.

  • Relieving symptoms and increasing rates of hospital discharge is crucial in these patients who have limited prognosis and therapeutic options.