Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphomas are an uncommon form of brain neoplasm that should be considered in the immunocompromised patient with neurological changes. It can be difficult to distinguish primary CNS lymphoma from stroke on initial radiographic images. Neuroscience nurses who are involved in the care of these patients should be prepared to assist the patient and family in coping with an evolving diagnosis and in explaining the related diagnostic procedures, treatment options, and eventual discharge plan.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Tanya Manfredi, MSN RN CNRN. She is director of surgical nursing at Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL.
Ann-Marie Grietens, RN CMSRN, is a charge nurse at Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL.
Teresa Lambert, RN CNRN, is a nurse manager at Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL.
Miguel Machado, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL, and president-elect of the Florida Neurosurgical Society.