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Question: How are intracranial metastases diagnosed and treated?

Answer:

The diagnosis is made by contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. Treatment consists of decreasing intracranial pressure with steroids, followed by radiotherapy. Surgery is recommended for patients with single intracranial lesions.

Reference:  Holland JF, Frei E, et al (eds): Cancer Medicine, 6th ed. New York, BC Decker, 2003.

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