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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do doctors tell a brain tumor headache from a regular one?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Some guidelines: A headache coupled with confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor more than a headache?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Lots more: Some brain tumors cause headaches in some people, but this is at best the tip of the iceberg. Brain tumors are abnormal growths and many of them are cancers and will kill the patient unless treated (and, sometimes, even then). They can cause epileptic seizures, weakness, sensory changes, confusion, aphasia or other neurological difficulties. Way more than a headache.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if a headache is coming from a brain tumor?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Exam and imaging: A very good clinical history, and physical examination can tell you a lot whether a headache is a migraine likely, tension headache likely or other serious condition such as brain cancer. Primary brain cancer is not very common. Metastatic disease from other cancer in the body is way more common. If suspicion is high then some imaging studies can be ordered- such as ct scan or MRI of the head.

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Last updated Dec 28, 2014

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