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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

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Could I have a brain tumor? I think I might have a brain tumor... My speech has been slurring. I've lost a lot of my coordination skills. I can't sleep at night. I get unbelievable tired even tho I sleep well when I do sleep. I have the sensation of losin

Could I have a brain tumor? I think I might have a brain tumor... My speech has been slurring. I've lost a lot of my coordination skills. I can't sleep at night. I get unbelievable tired even tho I sleep well when I do sleep. I have the sensation of losin

The : The problems you complain about reflect a potentially serious neurological problem, but may or may not indicate a brain tumor. For how long have you had this problem, and how rapidly have they progressed? An understanding of the history will affect what diagnosis one favors. In any event, at 17 you should not have memory difficulties, should not always feel tired, and should not have developed slurred speech, so clearly, you need a good thorough medical examination, which will likely lead to a referral to a neurologist and which may well require an MRI scan of your head. Tumor is only one of many possible diagnoses, and if it is a tumor there are many kinds of tumors which might do this, some of them benign and others cancers, but your doctors should be able to provide answers after seeing you and running the necessary tests. ...Read more

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Can one single incident of very slurred speech indicate the possibility of a brain tumor in a teenager? Also, everyday mild headaches on one spot.

Can one single incident of very slurred speech indicate the possibility of a brain tumor in a teenager?  Also, everyday mild headaches on one spot.

Possible? Yes?: Probable? Not on the basis of your information. However, I think it would be a very reasonable step to have this teenager fully evaluated by their doctor and then, possibly a neurologist with appropriate tests and imaging studies if warranted. If you'd like to chat about this: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Do I have a brain tumor. I forget things, have headaches, slurred speech (sometimes) and random dizzy spells?

Do I have a brain tumor. I forget things, have headaches, slurred speech (sometimes) and random dizzy spells?

Probably not: But there are plenty of possibilities including an infection. If you have not had a recent traumatic injury and eat well, sleep well, and are otherwise healthy, you must see a doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is chronic nose bleed, slurred speech, frequent headaches a sign of brain tumor?

Is chronic nose bleed, slurred speech, frequent headaches a sign of brain tumor?

Very Concerning!: When people have slurred speach it is always very important to have that evaluated right away. It becomes more worrisome when there is a headache involved. It sounds like a person with those symptoms should see their primary care md without delay! If the symptoms are sudden in onset, then that demands an er visit urgently. ...Read more

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I may need an MRI to rule out brain tumors. Seek family doc first or go directly to neuro? Vertigo symptoms, speech problems, headaches, trembling in upper extremities, pounding in ears. All within last month. Age 33 female. Normal health. Worse withing l

I may need an MRI to rule out brain tumors. Seek family doc first or go directly to neuro? Vertigo symptoms, speech problems, headaches, trembling in upper extremities, pounding in ears. All within last month. Age 33 female. Normal health. Worse withing l

You'll see neurology: You'll see one of us sooner or later so I'd go with what your insurance dictates. One advantage of seeing your family doc first is he or she may know which neurologist would do a better job with you. ...Read more

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I have brain tumors affecting visual field, what to do?

I have brain tumors affecting visual field, what to do?

See an orbital or ne: If visual fields are affected by a brain tumor you should immediately see a surgeon who will determine what type of therapy is available to preserve vision if any. This can include surgery, radiation and sometimes vascular interventions. ...Read more

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Can anyone list down brain tumors affecting the visual filed according to the levels of visual pathway?

Can anyone list down brain tumors affecting the visual filed according to the levels of visual pathway?

Sella Turcica tumors: The optic nerve chiasm crosses over the area at the base of the skull called the sella turcica (or pituitary fossa). Tumors arising from this area can put pressure on the optic chiasm and cause visual field defects. By far the most common are pituitary Adenomas. Other tumors in this area are craniopharyngioma, Rathke's cysts, germinoma, and Meningioma. ...Read more

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I have a headache for two weeks and I become dizzy with the pain and sometimes nausus, lately it's been affecting my sleep, could it be a brain tumor?

I have a headache for two weeks and I become dizzy with the pain and sometimes nausus, lately it's been affecting my sleep, could it be a brain tumor?

Exam: See your doctor for a thorough exam and discuss a work up plan. A CT may be part of the plan but it can involve a fair amount of radiation. All the best in sorting this out. ...Read more

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What causes brain tumors?

What causes brain tumors?

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 more

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Is brain tumors soft or hard?

Is brain tumors soft or hard?

May be either: This can only be determined by the neurosurgeon during brain surgery. ...Read more

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How are brain tumors treated?

How are brain tumors treated?

Tough area: Some brain tumors are benign (most meningiomas), but others are far more difficult (gliomas and secondary cancers). Treatment varies, but includes surgery, radiation, gamma knife, and occasional chemotherapy. If the situation becomes complex, additional interventions such as various medications, and shunts may be employed. ...Read more

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How are brain tumors identified?

How are brain tumors identified?

Imaging & pathology: As others have noted the first step to finding a brain tumor is an imaging study such as ct or mri. The former is faster and cheaper but may miss small tumors. Once a tumor is found, a tissue diagnosis is needed, either open surgery or biopsy. This would require a neurosurgeon to tell you what is best. ...Read more

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What are the types of brain tumors?

Several: The most common types of brain tumors are actually from the spread of another cancer to the brain. After this the most common cerebral tumors are grade 4 tumors called glioblastoma or gbm. Of course there are other benign tumors that come from the coverings of the brain. Other tumors can come from the fluid cavities or pituitary gland and have varied degrees of aggressiveness. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Brain Tumor in 23 yo: Brain tumors are pretty rare in 23 year olds, but the incidence of brain tumors is increasing lately due to cell phone use and holding the smart phones up to your head. ...Read more

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How come primary brain tumors are rare?

Blood brain barrier: Among the more common tumor, exogenous factors are frequent. Breast, prostate and lymphoma mostly viral in origin, same for vial sarcomas, squamous hpv lesion. These factors don't seem to cross blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more

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What brain test can pick up brain tumors?

What brain test can pick up brain tumors?

CT OR MRI: A ct scan of the head or an MRI of the brain can pick up brain tumors. An MRI is a more sensitive test but takes longer to do. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of brain tumors?

Yes, many!: There are numerous types of primary brain tumors. Som arise from various cells of the brain, eg Astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, medulloblastoma, pituitary Adenomas, hemangioblastoma, to name a few. Other tumors arise from the covering of the brain (meningioma, hemangiopericytoma). Some tumors start elsewhere but end up in the brain (leukemia, metastatic carcinoma). All are very different! ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about brain tumors.?

Can you tell me more about brain tumors.?

What about it?: You need to ask your question with exact info that you need to know! All I can say is that brain tumors can occur in anyone but they are rare. Let us know if you have a more speicific question in your mind. ...Read more

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Are there different types of brain tumors?

Many types: There are many types of brain tumors, both benign and malignant (cancer). However, even benign brain tumors can cause serious problems, depending on where they are located in the brain. A large mass can damage normal adjacent nerves or brain tissue and block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Sometimes a mass can actually press so hard it can herniate another part of the brain controlling breathing. ...Read more

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Could you give me all types of brain tumors?

Could you give me all types of brain tumors?

I assume that...: I assume that by your question you don't mean you want someone to cause a bunch of tumors in your brain; you're asking what kinds there are. There's plenty of introductory information on line that a web search will turn up. If you want more depth, may I suggest "Brain Tumors: An Encyclopedic Approach." It's 940 pp long, price $254.78 on Amazon, but you can get a used copy for only $230.70. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of brain tumors?

What are the common symptoms of brain tumors?

Many: The symptoms are related to where in the brain the tumor lies and can include motor and sensory changes, cognition changes and seizures. But all of these can be related to other causes and should be diagnosed and treated by physicians familiar with these problems. ...Read more

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How common are brain tumors in a 23yo female?

How common are brain tumors in a 23yo female?

Talking Dinosaur: How about some symptoms to comment on to see why you are thinking in terms of brain tumors which are likely as common as TALKING DINOSAURS? In the UK statistics suggest that tumors of the NERVOUS SYSTEM EN TODO (i.e. brain/spinal cord/etc) come out to about 90 cases PER YEAR or 7.5 cases/100,000 population. Also, remember, not all tumors are malignant so TALKING DINOSAUR's the phrase of the day! ...Read more

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What are the different types of brain tumors?

Too many: Link for information http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/

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How common are brain tumors in a 23yo female.

How common are brain tumors in a 23yo female.

Not common: The twenty-three year old woman is beyond the pediatric stage but there are some tumors that are more common in younger women. These include a form of medulloblastoma that seems to have a better prognosis in this age group. The type of tumor is very important as it relates to outcome. Glioblastoma, luckily is rare in this age group and has a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms for brain tumors?

What can be initial symptoms for brain tumors?

Depends on location: The brain is a complex organ with different areas of the brain responsible for different functions. Symptoms of brain tumors depend upon the location of a tumor in the brain. A tumor in a language center might present differently from a tumor in a region responsible for balance / coordination. Some general signs of brain tumors might include headache, visual disturbances and new onset seizures. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

No one knows: The cause of most cancers is unknown. So ity is more an accident of nature. Or simply bad luck. ...Read more