A 62-year-old female asked:
i have a brain tumor butted up to the brain stem . would that cause shortness of breath ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Chad Levitt answered
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
It could: The respiratory control center does pass through a portion of the brainstem. Pressure alone on the brainstem or a brain tumor can cause swelling which can also cause indirectly some shortness of breath. There r many other things that can also contribute to shortness of breath so while it is possible it is not assumed to be the only cause. Need to discuss with your oncologist or pulmonologist.
Answered on Mar 4, 2013
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