The patient who lost his mind - well, part of it

Doctors suspected a stroke but found a hole in their diagnosis

An 84-year-old is entitled to be a little absent-minded, but this CT scan is something else.


The elderly man presented to an ED in Northern Ireland with a history of recurrent falls and left-sided arm and leg weakness.

Doctors initially suspected a stroke, but examination and routine blood testing revealed no obvious abnormalities.

It was only when they ordered a brain CT that a 9cm air pocket was detected within his right frontal lobe.

An MRI confirmed the presence of a pneumatocoele — a