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Can You Have A Brain Tumor And Not Know It
Hmm: Brain tumor will give lots of symptoms like headache, dizziness, memory problems and most oftenly seizures. These symptoms will be based on the size, location and type of tumor. Brain imaging will most of the time give a clear picture but sometimes brain biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. ...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
Neuro-oncologist: Although your diagnosis is overwhelming, you will want the support of a team of physicians (including a neuro-oncologist) and your family/friends as you begin this journey. Here are some patient resources that will help you along the way: http://www.soc-neuro-onc.org/patient-resources/ and http://www.cancer.org/cancer/braincnstumorsinadults/ ...Read more
MRI showed brain lesion... What will they do next? And can it be something seriouse. If it was a brain tumor would they have known from this MRI
It depends: The MRI is very good, but not perfect in identifying what the lesion is. The treatment will depend on what the MRI shows. If it is not clear, either it will be followed with serial MRIs or it will be biopsied. If it is known, it will be either followed or treated depending on what it is. Occasionally, it will be surgically removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical evaluation: Headaches necessitate a medical evalutation. They usually are combination of medical and stress related issues. Family mds, internal mds, neurologists or psychiatrists can take a detailed history, evaluate medicines you take, perform a physical and neurological exam, order appropriate tests, and make a diagnosis. . They will refer you to a md or non-md depending on their findings. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
How can you tell if you have a brain tumor? What are the symptoms of a brain tumor? What should I look for?
Brain : Brain tumors can cause new seizures, new headaches (something different or worse than ever before), new neurological problems (like weakness or numbness in one part of your body), new visual problems (double vision or very blurred vision), severe constant dizziness, or any new neurological problem. As neurologists, we are worried whenever somebody comes in with a "new" neurological symptom. The reassuring thing about brain tumors is that we can just get an image of the head (ct scan and/or mri) and answer the question immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizures: Depending on the location of the tumor, seizures can occur and can lead to altered perception of things--ie. Hallucinations. This may be described as auras, hearing things, smelling things. This occurs with tumors in the temporal lobe. Irritation of the brain may also lead to aberrant sensations that may be interpreted as hallucinations.For example, an occipital tumor may lead to visual symptoms. ...Read more
What does it mean to have stress-induced seizures? And can a brain mass still be dangerous if they said its be nine?
Depends: Seizures are uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. If you were told you had stress-induced seizures, they may be pseudoseizures or non-electrical seizures which are difficult to treat. Brain masses can be benign, but without knowing exactly what kind of mass and where it is i can't state whether it will ever be dangerous or not. Your doctor should be able to answer the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain tumor: If the patient is not having symptoms from the tumor then there are no contraindication to flying ...Read more
Benefits and risks: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered an extremely safe/effective treatment for depression & other disorders. However, a meningioma/other brain tumors are relative contraindications to doing ect. That said, it is not an absolute contraindication and has been done before with success. The decision is always based on benefits vs. Risks. Talk with your doctor to see if it makes sense for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would it be safe to have neck surgery if you have a venous anginoma in which doctors don't know cause and won't do anything until it gets acute?
Talk to your doctor: Short answer is that only a physician who is examining you can determine whether this is anxiety versus a tumor. The surefire way to diagnose a tumor would be some form of radiologic imaging, such as a ct or mri. However, your physician will ask you certain questions that might help determine whether imaging is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on type: Pituitary tumors can be small (micro adenoma) or large (macro adenoma). They can produce dysfunction of the pituitary gland from direct compression, or by secreting different types of hormones. These hormones can potentially interfere with normal hormone release that would adversely affect fertility. It is possible to get pregnant if you have a tumor, if normal pituitary function is restored. ...Read more
How does a Dr. know if you're having a migraine? What test can they do to prove if so and is it possible it may not show in test? What med is given?
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