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Calcified Brain Tumor
Could a brain tumor be mistaken for a calcification on non-contrast ct scan? Had scan 2 yrs ago, told normal, small calc. Having headaches/dizzy now.
It is: Possible but unlikely. Most intracranial calcifications are benign and have a typical appearance and/or location.
"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
Yes and no!: Some brain tumors do have calcifications often when they are benign or slow growing but calcifications (say related to hemorrhage or metabolic causes) do not lead to tumors See your MD
Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain.See 2 more doctor answers
Low: In the abscence of symtoms the chances of having a brain tumor are low. This particularly in the case of the high grade ones which usually evolve over time and have neurological symptoms. However, it has been estimated based on autopsy studies that up to 10% of the population may harbor a meningioma. These may be so small and clinically insignificant that they are found incidentally on MRI scans.
There are: Potentially many symptoms that a brain tumor could cause, depending on its size and location in the brain. What are your specific symptoms? If you are having headaches, there are more common causes than brain tumor. If you are worried, you should see your doctor and get evaluated.
Nothing specific: It is not feasible to discern headaches due to brain tumors from the usual headaches from other causes. See this site for more info on this subject and do not obsess about it. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Brain tumors grow within your brain, inside your head. Knots on the outside (on your head) are not brain tumors, they have to do with the skull bone, scalp muscles or skin. Have your doctor take a look to make sure what this is.See 1 more doctor answer
Probably doesn't: Several studies have been done to study this with the thought that the magnetic field and radiation of cell phones cold cause brain tumor. So far no definite cause and effect has been proven.
Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells. Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used.
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