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A 22-year-old male asked:

Is it possible i have a brain tumor? i've had this horrendous pain originating from a spot on my head had a ct scan done no contrast-clean

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 22 years experience
Tumor Unlikely: While a very small tumor could be missed on ct scan, a very small tumor would not likely cause a severe headache. Consider migraine.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Agree. Suspect migraine or cluster.
Feb 25, 2013
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
Consider MRI: A non-contrast ct scan is limited in what can be detected (large lump, recent bleeding, etc), but an MRI of the brain (order it "with and without contrast") is much more detailed and gives a cleaner picture. If you have rapidly escalating pain, you should seek immediate medical attention as these can be signs of serious bleeding.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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