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Brain biopsy in benign neurological disease

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Translated title of the contributionBrain biopsy in benign neurological disease
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1000
JournalJournal of Neurology
Volume259
Issue number5
DOIs
DatePublished - Feb 2012

Abstract

Brain biopsy is well established in clinical practice when there is suspicion of CNS malignancy. However, there is little consensus regarding the indications for brain biopsy in non-malignant neurological disease. This is due in no small part to limitations in the available literature pertaining to diagnostic brain biopsies. The published evidence largely comprises small, retrospective, single-centre analyses performed over long time periods, including non-homogeneous patient groups with considerable variation in reported outcomes. Here we present pragmatic guidance for those clinicians considering diagnostic brain biopsy in a patient with non-neoplastic neurological disease and highlight practice points with the aim of maximising the probability of gaining clinically useful information from the procedure.

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