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Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

No: Completely different issues. An acoustic neuroma is a benign growth of the hearing/balance nerve. The mastoid is an air containing space connected to the middle ear. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"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


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Could an ENT find tumor in ear or acoustic neuroma by looking into your ear canal?

Could an ENT find tumor in ear or acoustic neuroma by looking into your ear canal?

Yes: An ear nose and throat doctor can diagnoses a tumor of your ear canal. However, acoustic neuromas are not observed in the ear canal and usually require MRI scan to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Yes but rare: Most meningiomas are benign but occasionally they can be malignant. An MRI can help predict this but only a tissue diagnosis can confirm this. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly fight a malignant cancer tumor in the spine?

Could someone possibly fight a malignant cancer tumor in the spine?

Metastatic spine CA: The spine is a common site for metastatic cancer to spread. Depending on type and location of cancer, there are many options. Cyberknife can be used to shrink or destroy tumors near the nerves. Radiation therapy can alleviate pain related to mets. Kyphoplasty can help with pain related to fracture from bone destruction. Resection surgery can be done in some cases if life expectancy is reasonable. ...Read more

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How can a benign tumor of the middle ear lead to infection in the brain?

How can a benign tumor of the middle ear lead to infection in the brain?

Obstruction: One possibility is due to "mass effect" where the tumor blocks normal drainage patterns and leads to accumulation of fluids which get infected. The middle ear is right next to the brain so things can spread directly, or sometimes erode through the bone. ...Read more

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Can an MRI tell if a brain tumor is benign or malignant?

Can an MRI tell if a brain tumor is benign or malignant?

Maybe, or not: Sometimes appearance is characteristic, sometimes not. Other imaging, including pet/ct can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Docs, could a brain tumor be mistaken for a brain cyst?

Docs, could a brain tumor be mistaken for a brain cyst?

Brain tumor v. cyst: It depends on the imaging test. A technically adequate contrast enhanced MRI scan should be able to make this determination most of the time. It may be more difficult without contrast, or if only a CT was performed. ...Read more

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Is radiation for a squameous cell cancer tumor behind eye on optic nerve next to brain safe or could it cause necrosis of brain. Do I need proton?

Is radiation for a squameous cell cancer tumor behind eye on optic nerve
 next to brain safe or could it cause necrosis of brain. Do I need proton?

Palliative: Retrobulbar optic nerve involvement with metastatic tumor rare. Squamous malignancies are very few in that area. Chemo and RT given have mostly been palliative. Gamma knife therapy might be better than trying proton beam. With RT and chemo results in general have not been that encouraging. ...Read more

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In what way can a ganglioglioma turn into a pilocytic astrocytoma?

In what way can a ganglioglioma turn into a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: These are two different tumor types and one does not turn into the other. That would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

No: Inflammation of the brain is not a general precursor to brain tumors. Occasional brain tumors such as lymphomas, may present with an inflammatory picture. ...Read more

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How could a ganglioglioma turn into a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Gangiloglioma: These are two different types of tumors and one does not usually progress to the other. To find this type of situation would likely be to difficulty in making the original pathology diagnosis by histology ...Read more

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A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

Generally yes: Most benign tumors are not capable of spreading an invading distant organs. That being said, there are rare examples of benign tumors that get so big that they can cause major symptoms and medical problems. Thankfully, these are pretty unusual. ...Read more

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Can a mole in behind your eye be cancer or turn into cancer?

Can a mole in behind your eye be cancer or turn into cancer?

Possibly: Any mole anywhere can be cancerous. See a dermatologist to check it out. Make sure you wear sun block oceangirl. ...Read more

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Can a maligant tumor in postauricular lymph node look like a complex sebaceous cyst in ultrasound?

Can a maligant tumor in postauricular lymph node look like a complex sebaceous cyst in ultrasound?

Posssibly : A mass in that area can be solid or echogenic and could be malignant or benign but the ultrasound will not be definitive in some cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Definition)

A benign, noncancerous tumor that grows at the base of the brain. The most common symptom is hearing loss, often noticed on the telephone. Hearing tests and MRI ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Neuroma (Definition)

Neuroma = a tumor / mass that ...Read more