A 36-year-old female asked:
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when a hypochondriac worries about having a brain tumor due to dizziness/vertigo being only symptoms, what the chances they do have one?

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Dr. Hans Crumpler
24 years experience Urgent Care
Neurology consult: Brain tumors are rare on the scale of overall cancers accounting for approximately less than 2% of all cancers worldwide. Some can be primary lesions of the brain and some can be metastatic from disease in other parts of the body. A thorough Neurology evaluation can look for tell tale signs of brain disease, and if there has already been negative imaging studies, that can be a reassuring step.
Answered on Feb 11, 2015
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Dr. Per Freitag
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Probably slim to non: Dizzyness and vertigo can be from Menier's disease. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss. Or it could possibly come from the neck with cervicogenic vertigo and headaches.
Answered on Jan 16, 2016
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Same as everybody: Dizziness/vertigo can sometimes be a symptom of brain cancer, but it isn't the most common cause by a long shot. The chance of it is no better and no worse than in a non-hypochondriac. Worrying causes illness! Smile! Relax. Remember the best news of all--guaranteed to make your day: Everyday when you wake up is a good day automatically: because it means you didn't die in your sleep!
Answered on Jan 30, 2015
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