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How is a brain tumor formed?

How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Early symptoms of brain tumor?

Early symptoms of brain tumor?

It is very rare: Headaches and seizures
it is very unlikely to have brain tumor at your age. See neurologist if you want more assurance. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT: These a days, brain mri's and ct's are the primary method of diagnosing brain tumors. These are prompted after the patient has a neurologic symptom or an un-relenting headache. ...Read more

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What could cause a brain tumor?

What could cause a brain tumor?

Tumor origins: Brain tumors, like any neoplasms in the body, can be induced by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In other words, there are inherited predispositions in some cases. One environmental factors known to induce some brain tumors is radiation exposure. Unfortunately, there is much that we still do not know about how these tumors start. ...Read more

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What is the cause of brain tumor?

What is the cause of brain tumor?

Most are random: All tumors result from accumulated genetic mutations that give a growth advantage to clones of cells. Most strike at random without clear environmental risks. A few familial syndrome (turcot's, neurofibromatosis, von hippel-lindau, lifraumeni, some rarities) feature increased risk for one or more types of brain tumors. If you have a brain tumor, nothing that you did caused it. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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What is the cause of Brain tumor?

What is the cause of Brain tumor?

Dumb luck: A few genetic syndromes put people at increased risk for brain tumors. Beyond this, we almost never find a cause. Tumors result from random mutations that become propagated. No one's to blame. Scientists who build careers by demonstrating new truths have failed to identify anything credible. The cell-phones claim has no rational or empirical basis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the signs of brain tumor?

What are the signs of brain tumor?

Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain. ...Read more

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What is the causes of brain tumor?

Most are not known.: There are many causes of brain tumors. The most common are from spread of another cancer to the brain. Other causes are generic or environmental. ...Read more

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What does a brain tumor look like?

What does a brain tumor look like?

The MRI image: Shows a mass, commonly surrounded by edema. Pathology shows abnormal blood vessel proliferation (and they leak), necrosis (dead cell areas), and abnormal mitoses. ...Read more

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How to know if I have brain tumor?

PROGRESSIVE SYMPTOMS: If you have progressive symptoms tell your doctor. You might need a scan of the head. ...Read more

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Advice for a possible brain tumor?

See neurosurgeon: Please see a neurosurgeon and be evaluated. All the best. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a brain tumor?

Headache, nausea, visi: Symptoms of brain tumor depend on location and size of the tumor. Hradache more frequent and severe, nausea&vomiting, visual problems, seizures, weakness or loss of function in arm or leg, speech difficulty, hearing problem, confusion, personality and behaviour changes. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

PROCESS: First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Yes: It can cause transient worsening depending on the pressure of the brain, which is usually higher early morning. It can also present with seizure, which might not be a typical convustion attack, but mimicking mini-stroke. Please seek medical attention, if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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How likely is getting a brain tumor?

How likely is getting a brain tumor?

Good question: There are a few familial syndromes associated with brain tumors.

Otherwise it is 6-7 cases/10000 people as national incidence in adults in the us. ...Read more

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Is a brain tumor common in young 20s?

No: Brain tumors are relatively uncommon, and the peak age for the most common type of brain tumors is between the fifth and seventh decades of life (40-70). Such tumors are uncommon in people in their 20s, but it can happen. If your question is from more than just curiosity, see your doctor for more information and perhaps for a brain MRI scan. ...Read more

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What are the stages of a brain tumor?

There are none: Brain tumors rarely develop extra neural metastases. They are graded based on pathology. Gx cannot be graded, g1 well differentiated, g2 moderately differentiated, g3 poorly differentiated, g4 undifferentiated. The reason why there is rarely metastasis is because the brain does not have a well-developed lymphatic drainage system. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am afraid I may have a brain tumor?

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I am afraid I may have a brain tumor?

Brain Tumor?: Not sure what makes you think you do, but to be assured, you need workup by your pcp. ...Read more

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What are common brain tumor symptoms?

What are common brain tumor symptoms?

Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a brain tumor?

How to tell if you have a brain tumor?

MRI: MRI is more sensitive than CT scanning for detecting subtle abnormalities such as small tumors. Preferrably an MRI with contrast. You should discuss your concern with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Someone I know said I had brain tumor?

Someone I know said I had brain tumor?

Why?: Why would they say that? Based on what evidence? If this is just someone you know who is not a physician or has no medical training, then I would not put much faith in what they are telling you. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a brain tumor?

How to know if you have a brain tumor?

Hmm: Brain tumor will give lots of symptoms like headache, dizziness, memory problems and most oftenly seizures. These symptoms will be based on the size, location and type of tumor. Brain imaging will most of the time give a clear picture but sometimes brain biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

Neurologist: If you have symptoms which suggest a possibility of a brain tumor you should see a neurologist. If he/she thinks this a real possibility the best test is an MRI scan. Without any evidence for a tumor on an MRI you virtually certainly don't have one. Seek a referral from your physician. ...Read more

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What happens once you have brain tumor?

What happens once you have brain tumor?

Brain tumor: This depends upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as whether the tumor is benign or malignant (cancer). A small benign tumor may exist for years and you may never know it is there. Even a large benign tumor, that may grow very slowly over a period of years, may produce no symptoms even though it is the size of a golf ball or larger. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Anatomic: Location: cerebellar, balance or clumsiness; cerebral, change in personality, neglect of one side (leaving hot or cold water on); seizures. When tumors obstruct ventricles, headache. Age also is factor in signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Variable: Location and tumor size typically determine how a brain tumor will present. People can have seizures, headaches or even focal neurologic problems (similar to a stroke) such as blurred vision, weakness or difficulty speaking. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Usual symptoms: These are headache, seizures, and/or personality change at the onset. ...Read more

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What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

Etiology of tumors: Exposure to Radiation is the only definite risk factor for all types of brain tumors (meningiomas and gliomas)
History of previous cancers during childhood (leukemias, lymphomas)
Genetic conditions such Neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2
Tuberous sclerosis, Li Fraumeni, Von hippel Lindau, Turcot, Turner and Grolin Syndromes
AIDS
power lines, cell phones, hair dye and smoking not proven as causes. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a brain tumor?

Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms that might suggest a brain tumor? Headaches, vision disturbance, other symptoms? If there are symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your health care provider who can listen to your complaints, examine you, and request appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain tumor.?

Describe the features of a brain tumor.?

Size & location: It depends on the location, the size, and the rate of growth. Recurring headaches which stay in one location are common but there are many other causes. New onset seizure, change in personality, partial loss of vision or symptoms of stroke are other typical presentations but none are specific. Ct or MRI can rule in/out a brain tumor reliably. ...Read more

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Could it seem like I have a brain tumor?

Could it seem like I have a brain tumor?

Brain Tumors: The most common symptoms of brain tumors that people first go to the doctor with are headaches and fits (seizures). But do remember that brain tumors are rare and there are much more common reasons for both these symptoms. If pressure is increased inside the skull then nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. ...Read more

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How long can you live with a brain tumor?

How long can you live with a brain tumor?

It depends,,: This depends on many factors, like your health and the type of brain tumor you might have. If the tumor is a benign one like ependymoma or a meningioma, surgical resection can bring remission or even a full cure and a normal lifespan is possible. If the tumor is malignant like a glioblastoma multiforme or even benign but in the spinal cord, prognosis can be very poor with a survival of months. ...Read more

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How to know if someone has a brain tumor?

How to know if someone has a brain tumor?

Symptoms ; Imaging: People with brain tumors often suffer from:
headaches
seizures
sensory (touch) and motor (movement control) loss
deep venous thrombosis (dvt, or blood clot)
hearing loss
vision loss
fatigue
depression
behavioral and cognitive (thinking) changes
endocrine dysfunction (hormone/gland changes). ...Read more

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What to do if I might have a brain tumor?

What to do if I might have a brain tumor?

See your doctor: If you have symptoms like headache, nausea, visual changes, loss of balance that do not get better, you should see a doctor. If indicated, test can be done to make a diagnosis ...Read more

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How do you get checked for a brain tumor?

See a Doctor.: People worried about having a brain tumor should speak with their primary physician. The first step is a good history and neurologic examination. If there is enough suspicion of a problem an MRI scan with contrast is usually the best way to find a brain tumor. Sometimes a ct scan is done first to make sure there isn't a different cause of the patient's problems. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are common symptoms of a brain tumor?

Varied...: Some of the more common symptoms include headache, nausea, new seizures, balance issues (ataxia) and changes in vision. Personality changes, anger, confusion, and changes in speech can also occur. When a patient is examined by a doctor, a thorough neurological exam can find cranial nerve palsies, weakness, and defects in sensation. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have a brain tumor?

What to do if I think I have a brain tumor?

Why?: Why do you think you have a brain tumor? If your doctor agrees, brain tumors can be seen with MRI. ...Read more

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Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Yes. But what: Symptoms depend on location. An auto accident may result from a visual field defect. May not be able to balance checkbook. A seizure. Pesonality change. Complex. Usually the symptom brings the patient to attention, work up, diagnosis. ...Read more

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What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

There is no such ite: It is unclear what you are saying. Brain tumors do not burst spontaneously. Your neurosurgeon can explain better and tell you what exactly happened ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more