UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Misc

Title: A Weird and Unusual Symptom

Posted: 10/24/2011 by Rob Rogers, MD (Updated: 2/23/2024)
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Weird and Unusual Symptoms

Bet you didn't know that severe and intense pruritus of the nostrils, known as Wartenberg's symptom, is an uncommon but characteristic symptom of a brain tumor.

Etiologies include astrocytoma, glioblastoma, oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma, and metastatic tumors.


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