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Brain Tumor Neurology
Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...Read more
"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
Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They can: The diagnostic yield of increased with use of IV contrast material as some tumors disrupt the so called blood brain barrier affording the contrast the ability to infiltrate from the blood stream into the tumor. Small tumors that have not disrupted the integrity of blood vessels may escape detection on CT especially if the have the same radiographic tissue density as their surrounding tissue. ...Read more
Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more
Merely technical: Looking directly at base of brain and pituitary requires slightly different cuts and angles, as the focus is directed to a small area of brain, but the software and pictures are handled in a similar fashion. In ms, we tend to use specialized approaches, such as flair or double inversion recovery to see the white matter spots better. Not needed for pituitary views, usually. ...Read more
: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Eeg can show presence of seizure brain wave activity.These seizure brain activity can be caused by different conditions such as metabolic abnormality, lack of blood supply to brain cells, medication, epilepsy, brain tumor related, etc. It analyzes the brain "function" not the anatomy thus it can't detect brain tumor specifically. Mri needs to be done to detect brain tumors. Discuss with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : If pituitary tumor is suspected a detailed endocrine evaluation is necessary to assess whether it is a functionally secreting tumor. Especially looking for acth secreting tumors given your history there are other types that present with generalized symptoms but a thorough endocrine evaluation should establish this in addition a very refined mri. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light
What are chances of "passing" a neurological exam given by my doctor and having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light, balance, ect.
What are chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, standing on one foot, etc.
What are chances of passing a neurological exam given by my doctor and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, balance, etc
Pass or fail?: One does not pass or fail a neurological exam. The "exam" should be a comprehensive evaluation with detailed history and selective examination and appropriate tests as deemed necessary. Then your doctor should provide an adequate explanation of his evaluation that addresses your questions. You may request a second opinion if not fully satisfied. ...Read more
What are chances of passing a neurological exam and having a brain tumor with no brain tumor history? Neurological exam as in light, balance etc.
Nervous system: The brain is part of the nervous system. The term neurological means that it is related to the nervous system ...Read more
It's in the brain: Technically speaking anything that happens to nerves is neurological. In medicine diseases that cause structural damage are considered neurological and some of these are surgical diseases. Diseases that cause changes in behavior are psychiatric ...Read more
What are the chances of having a brain tumor and having no neurological symptoms? Just head pain twinges and dizziness.
Very low: You can be describing anything from impacted earwax to a jaw / TMJ problem to a host of other possibilities. If these become more than a minor nuisance, visit with your physician at your next regular appointment or earlier if need be. Brain tumors don't announce themselves as twinges, and the causes of dizziness are many and seldom are tumors. How's the hearing in each ear? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have a brain tumor w/ no neurological problems, no- vomit, seizure, vision ok, & only minor headaches for 4+months? Worth a scan?No?
Depends: A neurological exam can help to localize a lesion, but determination of the etiology of the lesion (the diagnosis) depends on the history and a diagnostic work-up (imaging, labs, etc) if indicated. Location and rate of growth of brain tumors are factors in how they first manifest. See a neurologist for evaluation if you're concerned. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003191.htm ...Read more
Possibly.: It is possible to have mild changes, like personality disorder, and gait changes, but as the tumor grows in size, the symptoms get worse, until clear symptoms like stroke, seizures, or headaches occur. If you think you have a brain tumor, see your doctor for a basic neurological exam, and other tests if there are significant findings. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a brain tumor caused pain in the top left part of the skull, would there be other neurological symptoms as well?
I've had headaches daily for 4 months w/ neurological, speech, and memory problems. I'm only 18. Could a brain tumor be a realistic possibility?
Off balance feeling 3 mo's, but pass every neurological exam. Can Anxiety disorder really cause this???? doctor said MRI for brain tumor not necessary
Anxiety is possible: You would be surprised at how many ways anxiety can present itself. Dizziness is a common feeling but typically when something troubling is happening in your life. Have you fallen as a result of your balance problems? Worrying about having a brain tumor could be making you nervous and making your symptoms worse. Are you taking your anxiety mess as directed? These could also cause dizziness. ...Read more
I understand MRI and CT scans are the best way to tell if there is a brain tumor, but can a blood work of neurology reports tell if there is something of concern?
Female 25y/o occasional dizziness/headaches, normal neurological test/blood/ecg, always worried about stroke/brain tumor! how to be rational abt this?
Wait to worry: Anxiety can ruin all the fun in our lives, so you need to cultivate an optimistic attitude. Learn to see the brighter side of things(Glass is Half Full mentality. it requires practice,reading self help books and faith in the God. Learn the facts about the medical conditions that worry you.. People in age range of 25 to 50 years are the healthiest and have very little illness, so learn to ignore mi ...Read more
I am a hypochondriac. I am afraid of having a brain tumor after I read that I have all the symptoms, mainly the weakness in leg. My doctor did my blood test, spinal MRI, and neurological tests which came out to be fine. The doctor says that I have anxiety
Normal brain mri : Practically rules out large symptomatic brain tumor and ms these normal studies should reassure you not make you nervous we are missing something look up the sensitivity for brain MRI this should reassure you and the incidence of primary brain tumors in your age group they are rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer