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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. ...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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Location?: Tumor location in the brain plays a significant role when discussing surgical risks. As a neurosurgeon, I typically go over potential risks that relate specifically to tumor size, location and symptoms. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not on your head: Brain tumors are not on your head, but inside your head. They can be hard or soft. Anything palpable on your head is not a brain tumor. Swelling in your scalp may be an infection, lymph node, fatty tumor etc, have your doctor evaluate this. ...Read more
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more
Depends: Size and location of the tumor have a lot to do with delineating the symptoms. The frontal lobe has a few different functions. Among them; speech, personality deficits and/or motor problems on the right side of the body can result. ...Read more
Imaging: Typically if symptoms are suspicious enough imaging will be ordered. This can be ct or mri, with MRI more sensitive. In many cases, if the MRI shows a suspicious area a biopsy or surgical removal will be the next step. This isn't always true, though, as some tumors can be diagnosed confidently without biopsy (meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas). ...Read more
CT/MRI: Doctors diagnose brain tumors through a combination of clinical history, physical examination including a careful neurological examination, and imaging, including ct and MRI scans. Mri is the most sensitive way of finding and localizing a brain tumor. The exact type of tumor is determined when a sample of it is examined by a pathologist, preferably a neuropathologist. ...Read more
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