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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can fluid on the brain cause brain tumors or kill you?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
No and yes: 'fluid on the brain', or hydrocephalus, is sometimes caused by brain tumors, but is not a cause of such tumors. Hydrocephalus, if untreated, can sometimes be fatal, and otherwise it can cause severe neurological problems.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Are brain tumors hereditary, if not, what causes them?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Generally not: Brain tumor are usually not hereditary. However, there are certain syndromes where there is a well known genetic link. In such situations, because the patient's inherit the genetic problem, they also inherit the increased risk for brain tumors.For example, li-fraumeni syndrome, or neurofibromatosis i are examples of syndromes where there is an increased risk of brain tumors amongst family members.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What causes brain tumors?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Multi-factorial: There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors).

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