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Can You Have A Brain Tumor And Not Know It
How long can you live a brain tumor and not know about it? Can you live 12 yrs with it and not know it?
Sometimes: Brain tumors come in different types, some benign and slow-growing, some malignant and often fast-growing. Clearly some patients go many years, even more than 12, without knowing they have a tumor, which can be shown to have been present if they happened to have had a head ct or MRI after, for example, an accident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
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
Yes: Benign brain tumors can be very slow growing. They may be undected because of their slow growth or because they are not pressing on anything that may lead to neurological symptoms. Because some of these tumors grow so slowly (ie. Meningioma), it is not detected because the displaced brain or nerves may accomodate for the tumor until it gets very large. ...Read more
Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more
If the tumor is small and not pressing on vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
A very aggressive tumor however, or a tumor that affects an important part of the brain will likely be diagnosed fairly quickly. ...Read more
Type and location: There are many kinds of brain tumors, depends on what type you refer to (histological diagnosis determines what to expect). Location is crucial also, some locations in the brain are unforgiving and people may not live long if tumor is pushing on the brain stem for example. Age and social support networks plays a role too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Finding brain tumor:
It's not common to find a brain tumor on a routine physical exam. The problem with brain tumors is that they may cause no symptoms or findings. So yes, a normal physical exam does not exclude the possibility of a brain tumor. But, a brain tumor is less likely to be found if the exam is normal.
Progressive neurological deficit or a first time seizure are suspicious symptoms of a brain tumor. ...Read more
Depends: Could be primary in the brain. These can be benign or malignant. Could be spread from elsewhere. ...Read more
No: At your age brain tumors do not modified the size of the head... The growing is inside the structures of the brain.. ...Read more