Doctors discover man’s skull is partially empty due to incredibly bizarre medical condition
When an elderly patient shows up at the doctor complaining of balance issues and weakness it's often attributed to the realities of an aging human body, but things went much differently for one 84-year-old man in Northern Ireland. The unnamed patient told medical staff that he had experienced several falls over a number of months, and was forced to seek treatment after his left leg and arm began to feel weak. The man, who had no prior history of any head or brain trauma, underwent a CT scan and doctors were blown away by what they found... or rather, what they didn't find.
The patient's scan revealed a massive gap in his brain cavity that was filled with air. The condition, known as pneumocephalus, is rare, and it can have several potential causes. Pneumocephalus can result from previous brain surgery, tumors of the brain, as well as from head trauma, but none of those seemed to match this particular case. In a new paper published in BMJ Case Reports, doctors eventually discovered the strange condition that caused it.
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