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What are the chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light

What are the chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light

Possible: Many people with brain tumors have, at least at some point early in their course, a normal neurological examination. That is why MRI scans are useful to find tumors that do not alter the neurological examination at the time the question is raised. ...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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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 given by my doctor and having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light, balance, ect.

CT: Yes, the only way to tell with any degree of surety would be a cat scan. But better question would be who do you think you could have a brain tumor? ...Read more

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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 and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, standing on one foot, etc.

Pretty good: Many brain tumors are relatively asymptomatic until fairly large, so one could easily have one and still have a normal neurological examination at some point in the evolution of the tumor. ...Read more

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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

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

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Why is a brain tumor considered a neurological disorder? Help please?

Why is a brain tumor considered a neurological disorder? Help please?

Nervous system: The brain is part of the nervous system.
The term neurological means that it is related to the nervous system ...Read more

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Please explain why is a brain tumor considered a neurological disorder?

Please explain why is a brain tumor considered a neurological disorder?

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

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What are the chances of having a brain tumor and having no neurological symptoms? Just head pain twinges and dizziness.

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 more

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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?

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?

It is possible,: But it is likely that there is another cause for recurrent minor headaches. See your doctor or a neurologist for an evaluation and go from there, you may not need imaging. ...Read more

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Does a neurological exam does not rule out a possibility of a brain tumor?

Does a neurological exam does not rule out a possibility of a brain tumor?

Correct: Some (many) brain tumors cause no symptoms and a neurologic examination may be normal. ...Read more

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How accurate is a complete office neurological exam on detecting brain tumor?

How accurate is a complete office neurological exam on detecting brain tumor?

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

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Can I have a brain tumor without headaches and only mild neurological symptoms?

Can I have a brain tumor without headaches and only mild neurological symptoms?

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 more

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What kind of specialist to see, neurology or neurosurgery? I think I have a brain tumor.

What kind of specialist to see, neurology or neurosurgery? I think I have a brain tumor.

Primary care: It may be optimal to start with your primary care provider to first address the basis of concern that you might have a brain tumor. The pcp could then determine to whom the referral should be made. ...Read more

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If a brain tumor caused pain in the top left part of the skull, would there be other neurological symptoms as well?

If a brain tumor caused pain in the top left part of the skull, would there be other neurological symptoms as well?

Depends on size: Could result in weakness in right leg, could even affect left leg, might promote seizures, perhaps nausea and vomiting, dizziness, imbalance, blurring of vision, if it did increase intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes.: Neurologic, speech and memory problems are not normal at any age. They require a good explanation. Headache is common and may or may not be related to your other symptoms. See someone soon. ...Read more

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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

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

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Female 25y/o occasional dizziness/headaches, normal neurological test/blood/ecg, always worried about stroke/brain tumor! How to be rational abt this?

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

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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

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 more

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Can I have brain tumor when my neurogical test is all normal?

Can I have brain tumor when my neurogical test is all normal?

Brain tumor: Most brain tumors present with signs, symptoms and focal neurological deficits so the likelihood of having brain tumor is very low. Neuroimaging if indicated can put your mind to peace. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have brain tumor when main sympotom is leg weakness/pain when neurogical test (reflex strength sensitivity)is good?

Is it possible to have brain tumor when main sympotom is leg weakness/pain when neurogical test (reflex strength sensitivity)is good?

It is possible: You can have both leg weakness and pain and normal strength and sensation and also have a brain tumor but I think it might be something going on with your back rather than a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible when neurogical exam is perfectly good and all blood works when I have pain back legs stomac arms hips and leg weaknesbe a brain tumor?

Is it possible when neurogical exam is perfectly good and all blood works when I have pain back legs stomac arms hips and leg weaknesbe a brain tumor?

Full work up needed: Many possible answers exist but so do more questions. It would be best to get a full work up performed. ...Read more

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Headaches, presure on the nose, dizzines and a little nausea. Neurological examination was normal. I'm also a hypochodriac. Could this be a brain tumor?

Headaches, presure on the nose, dizzines and a little nausea. Neurological examination was normal. I'm also a hypochodriac. Could this be a brain tumor?

The symptoms you: Just listed don't seem real high on the list for a brain tumor. Really encourage you to take some of the time you spend worrying about symptoms and use it for cognitive behavioral therapy instead. ...Read more

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If blood work and neurology reports came back normal, no CT scan, but my physician looked at optic nerve and full examination he doesn't suspect brain tumor, am I safe?

No: It is definitely possible to have a normal neurological examination and no changes in the optic nerve head as viewed with an ophthalmoscope and still have a brain tumor. It is, perhaps, unlikely, but not impossible. The best test to exclude (or find) a brain tumor is an mri. ...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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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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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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What are the stages of a brain tumor?

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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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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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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Neurology (Definition)

Neurology is a field of study in which a person studies the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves, their functions, and their diseases. A doctor who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and nerve disorders ...Read more


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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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