When a California woman was diagnosed with a brain tumor in her ninth month of pregnancy, her doctors decided to delay any treatment until after the baby was born. But when she returned to the hospital for a brain scan three months after giving birth, her doctors found an unusual sight: The tumor had nearly disappeared, according to a recent report of the woman’s case.
The scans weren’t showing some mistake. Instead, the mass on the woman’s brain had seemingly done a vanishing act — now you see it, now you don’t — so her doctors dubbed it a “Houdini tumor,” after the well-known magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, according to the case report, published online April 8 in the journal World Neurosurgery. Read more