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Brain Tumors Affecting Speech
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?
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
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
Do I have a brain tumor. I forget things, have headaches, slurred speech (sometimes) and random dizzy spells?
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
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
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
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
There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics
2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc).
3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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