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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.

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.

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Could calcifications on the brain be tumors or lead to tumors?

Could calcifications on the brain be tumors or lead to tumors?

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

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What are the signs of brain tumor?

What are the signs of brain tumor?

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.

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What is the causes of brain tumor?

What is the causes of brain tumor?

Most are not known.: There are many causes of brain tumors. The most common are from spread of another cancer to the brain. Other causes are generic or environmental.

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What are the chances that I may have a brain tumor?

What are the chances that I may have a brain tumor?

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.

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What are the signs of brain tumor because I think I have it?

What are the signs of brain tumor because I think I have it?

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.

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Does my mum have brain tumor?

Does my mum have brain tumor?

Need more info: Can you provide more information? As a Neurosurgeon, I can help you with this question.

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Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Depends.: Brain tumor headaches can be steady but can worsen if there are bleeds or if there is worsening of the flow of the CSF drainage or if the intracranial pressure increases due to growth of tumor.

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How risk are brain tumor operations?

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.

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What are brain tumor headaches like?

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.

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How brain tumor is treated in india?

Family practice: It should be treated the same way where ever you are. Depends on type of tumor. Needs a neurological exam and possibly a biopsy. Then an oncologist consult if needed.

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Is a brain tumor a knot on your head?

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.

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How could a teenager get brain tumor?

How could a teenager get brain tumor?

Second common tumor: Brain rumors are the second most common tumors after leukemia in kids. Approximately 2000 kids are diagnosed with brain tumor in us each year. Most of them are benign and curable by removing through surgery.

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Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Yes: Different sized pupils can be a sign of elevated intracranial pressure, or interference with autonomic nerves of one or the other pupil.

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How can cell phone causes brain tumor?

How can cell phone causes brain tumor?

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.

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Can a brain tumor make your head bigger?

Can a brain tumor make your head bigger?

No: In an adult a brain tumor will not make the skull bigger. Skull enlargement in adults can occur with bony problems such as acromegaly, neurofibromatosis, fibrous dysplasia, paget's disease, thallasemia, or even bone tumors of the skull. Brain tumors, however, don't do it.

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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

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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Would a brain tumor be soft on your head?

Would a brain tumor be soft on your head?

No: The brain is encased in the protective bony skull. Thus a tumor of the brain would not be felt as soft if you palpated your scalp.

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Is brain tumor soft or hard on your head?

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.

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Can a brain tumor lead to mental illness?

Can a brain tumor lead to mental illness?

Uncommon: Brain tumors in the frontal lobes can lead to mental status and emotional changes. However, brain tumors are extremely uncommon causes of depression, anxiety, or other common emotional disturbances.

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