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Doctor insights on: Brain Stem Tumor Prognosis

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How big would a tumor be on the pineal gland before it starts pushing onto the brain stem?

How big would a tumor be on the pineal gland before it starts pushing onto the brain stem?

Brain tumor: Pineal region tumors can be relatively small (1.5 cm) and cause symptoms. Pressure on the tectum of the brain stem will cause compression and narrowing of the aqueduct of Sylvius which causes paralysis of upward gaze and obstructive hydrocephalus. Review the imaging studies with a neurosurgeon to help you understand the problem and the treatment options. ...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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Brain epidermoid, is it the same as a meningioma tumor the difference between the two 3cm brain stem / 8cm front lobe?

Brain epidermoid, is it the same as a  meningioma tumor the difference between the two       3cm brain stem / 8cm front lobe?

Different tumors: A brain epidermoid is a different tumor than a meningioma. That is, the pathology or cell type is distinctly different. These usually are different on imaging studies also. From your question, it seems that you are describing an epidermoid adjacent to the brain stem and a meningioma in the frontal lobe. This is consistent with the different tendencies these two tumors have to localize. ...Read more

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I have a brain tumor butted up to the brain stem . Would that cause shortness of breath ?

I have a brain tumor butted up to the brain stem . Would that cause shortness of breath ?

Not until late: It can happen in the very late stage of the disease, but not before the patient is otherwise severely debilitated? ...Read more

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Should a Dr take action to have a driver's license removed for a 65m with sclc with 3 tumours in Brain including brain stem and frontal lobe?

Should a Dr take action to have a driver's license removed for a 65m with sclc with 3 tumours in Brain including brain stem and frontal lobe?

It depends: Patients with brain tumors are at risk for having Seizures but not all of them develop seizures..about one in 4 patients does. In such patients it is dangerous to drive an automobile. In others it is optional. The doctor can only educate the patient about the risks but the family and the paient has to use their judgement and be responsible for self and public safety. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a brain stem stroke, 7 days ago, still on ventilator?

What is the prognosis for a brain stem stroke, 7 days ago, still on ventilator?

It depends.: The prognosis depends on many variables, such as the patient's age, other health conditions, and underlying cause of the stroke. However the need for mechanical ventilation a week out is, in general, not a good sign. ...Read more

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In 97/98 I was diagnosed w/prob M.S. by 3 dif. Dr.'s I had multiple symp M.R.I  done & was told I have 2 spots on brain stem, my mem/mgrns r worse, what do I do?

In 97/98 I was diagnosed w/prob M.S. by 3 dif. Dr.'s I had multiple symp M.R.I  done & was told I have 2 spots on brain stem, my mem/mgrns r worse, what do I do?

See below: You probably have multiple sclerosis, and you need to be taking a potent oral agent, or even tysabri (natalizumab). Get updated mri's of both neck and brain, spinal fluid if doc unsure, and compare with prior films. N.B., migraine and ms are co-morbidities, and the memory loss is a sign of increased burden of disease. Do not wait, get all of this addressed. ...Read more

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What does the brain stem do?

What does the brain stem do?

Brain stem: 1.Conduction of sensory & motor nerves to & from the brain. 2.Cranial nerves 3-12 to supply face & head & viscera. 3.Integrativefunctions for Cardiovascular system control, respiratory control, pain sensitivity control, alertness, awareness & consciousness. ...Read more

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Bleeding at lower brain stem?

Bleeding at lower brain stem?

Bad event: Brain stem hemorrhage is not great, as relatively small area with critical nerves and connections. Hard to control once started, and often pts left with chronic disability. I know this is not good news, but hopefully careful inpatient medical care will lead to survival and rehabilitation measures to restoration. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the brain stem?

What causes fluid in the brain stem?

Many reasons: Fluid in the brain can be normal or abnormal. There is spinal fluid all the time around the brainstem, but accumulation of fluid such as hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri can cause problems. There are of course infection, tumors and other conditions that lead to fluid in the brain. You need to be under the care of a neurologist and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more