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Carotid Body Tumor Symptoms
Malignancy: Most carotid body tumors are benign. Only a very small number are malignant, but there is no way to tell unless it is excised and inspected by a pathologist. Depending on its extent and involvement with surrounding tissues, the operation to remove them is relatively straightforward. Discuss with a board-certified vascular surgeon to learn more. ...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
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Should I go for surgery in carotid body tumor? What are the risk in operation? It would become successful or not?
Ys If you want to ge: Follow your doctor's advice. Once you have a tumor you need to get rid of it, otherwise it will cause you detriment...it is just a matter of time. So I would advise surgical removal to be done by an expert. A second opinion can also help to make certain that you have found the best professional to take care of this rare disease entity. ...Read more
Neck masses: These are three distinct causes of a neck mass. You'll get some more imaging studies that will distinguish them. Branchial cleft cysts are very common and usually a non-problem. Carotid body tumors are very rare but need to be ruled out. Carotid aneurysms are strongly pulsatile. Stay involved with your diagnosis and best wishes. ...Read more
20 year old male. My carotid artery seems to be pushed outward near the top accompanied with some occasional discomfort. Could this be a tumor?
Several possibilitie: May just be natural curvature or size for you, but carotid tumors or aneurysms are possible. Pain is concerning but could it be referred from jaw or teeth? A quick non-invasive test would be an ultrasound that is painless and relatively quick and could answer your questions. Would check with vascular or cardiac doctor to arrange such a study. ...Read more
Macroprolactinoma wrapped around carotid arteries. Surgeon said he wasn't worried. On cabergoline. Can it shrink big tumors? 1inx1in.? Survivable?
Yes and yes: Definitely survivable. And prolactinomas often shrink with medical therapy. ...Read more
M58, how do I know that my head ache (top, back and neck) is due to BP or some other serious event such as (god forbid) hemorrhage, carotid block, tumor?
Need for a complete: A complete check up by your physician can look into various causes of headache. The diagnosis is made on the basis of physical exam and history (characteristics) of your headaches. If doubtful, we can check the brain with a MRI study. Go see an internist and clear all your doubts. ...Read more
Is nf1 a dangerous disease? Do all get tumors on the body and other complications? There is mild freckling on the left armpit no other symptom.
Variable: Dark brown skin patches, raised spots (lisch nodules) on the iris of the eye, fractures of long bones in childhood, freckling armpits, neurofibromas (tumors on the skin or deeper in the body), larger tumors under the skin (plexiform neurofibromas), with pressure on nearby nerves or organs, cognitive impairment (adhd, learning disorder. Most people just get mild forms of disease and nothing else. ...Read more
Could a symptom of a brain tumor be intermittent tingly sensations all over the body (not in one specific area)?
Unlikely...: Intermittent "tingly" sensations all over the body do not fit the typical pattern of a brain tumor. Brain tumors, when they cause neurologic dysfunction, usually cause dysfunction related to the part of the brain they are in or near. For example, if a brain tumor is located near the area responsible for movements, the patient may have weakness on the opposite side of the body. ...Read more
Can anxiety cause one sided symptoms? Maybe I'm just super aware of everything in my body now, but it seems like my left side just feels different from my right. Brain tumor or MS or something?
Anxiety: Anxiety is the great mimicker, it can cause all kinds of symptoms. Anxiety treatment is multimodal, meaning closely monitored medical treatment as well as counseling and behavioral therapy. Relaxation techniques can be of utmost value, try dawnbuse. Com for some relaxation techniques. Yoga may be valuable to you as breathing can stop anxiety problems. ...Read more
Does brain tumor symptom one side localized body twitching and cramps or full body twitching and cramps? When to worry and get a scan to rule it out.
Sometimes.: Any new seizure-like symptoms (muscle twitching, body shaking, muscle cramping) should be evaluated by your physician. The symptoms are not necessarily a brain tumor. There are many other causes of these symptoms. But, see your doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor might order a scan. ...Read more
I have random body twitching from over 7 months can that be a symptom of a brain tumor I don't have any weakness or numbness or memory loss im 27?
Brain tumor unlikely: However more information is needed to evaluate you, including a detailed history, physical examination and may be lab tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as not much more can be done in this forum. ...Read more
Does a intermittent body twitching for several months a symptoms of brain tumor or seizure or by now other serious symptoms like numbness must occur
? Seizures?: I'm not sure what you are describing as intermittent body twitching, but perhaps these are seizures. If they are, then they might indeed be an indication of a brain tumor. However they don't sound like typical seizures and might be something else, related to another type of brain disease. See your doctors and have a thorough neurological workup. ...Read more
Complex ovarian cysts possiblity it could be cancerous...Should it be biopsied or removed? I have a paraneoplastic syndrome been in search if there is any tumors in the body causing my symptoms. A mass or complex cyst was found on my left ovary that has b
There are many things to consider here. One is your age, also do you have children? What was your doctor's recommendation? Have you seen a gyn/oncologist? If not you should do so for a different opinion/perspective. Honestly I can't make a recommendation based on the limited info. I have, therefore I encourage you to get a second opinion.
I hope other doctor's here on avvo. Com can lend their opinion as well.
Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: This entirely depends on the type of tumor. If it is functional then you might have overproduction of cortical or medullary hormones, depending on location. If the tumor is destructive possible underproduction of hormones. Some tumors are metastatic from other cancers and some are just incidentally found. Therefore it's possible to also have no symptoms. ...Read more
Usually lipomas: Lipomas usually single at the beginning but eventually become multifocal in subcutaneous areas of the body. There is a growth factor that is released (FGF- 1) that stimulates appearance of growths. In vonRecklinghausens disease multiple neurofibromas develop over the skin from head to foot. In both situations, lipoma and neurofibroma if progression noted we see liposarcomas and neuroSa. ...Read more
See your primary doc: It would be difficult to verify a " spinal tumor", purely on symptoms. If you have neurological symptoms of loss of strength or sensation, it is important that you urgently see an md for further evaluation. Imaging including MRI may be required. If there is suspicion of a mass, biopsy may be required. Primary spinal tumors are rare. If there is a tumor, the origin of the tumor would be questioned. ...Read more
Subtle: Cuts in the visual field that you won't notice until someone checks you with one eye closed. A woman's periods stopping or becoming irregular. Milk production perhaps. Lost libido. Headaches -- sometimes sudden and catastrophic. Needing bigger gloves. Just feeling run down and being called "neurotic". Weight gain / diabetes / hypertension / moods that get blamed on "lifestyle." bad tumor to miss. ...Read more
Emboli: Atrial myxoma is the commonest intracardiac tumor. It produces symptoms similar to that of an infection in the heart, i.e., fever, change in heart sounds. Blood clots form on the tumor and go to any organ in the body with resultant symptoms, e.g., stroke, blood in urine, abdominal pain etc. ...Read more
Numerous: By definition a cancer is a growing lesion that has the potential to metastasize and has achieved immortality thru the production of telomerase. As such and depending on the structure involved a mass can be noted and symptoms such as obstruction, hemorrhage, pain and jaundice can be a result of the lesion. Weight loss and anorexia frequently follow. ...Read more
Visual & endocrine: Any tumor of the pituitary may affect the optic nerve and produces visual disturbances. The endocrine symptoms depend on the cell type involved and if it makes a hormone. If the tumor does not make hormones it causes deficiency of thyroid, adrenal and gonadal hormones. Excess production of hormone may cause hyperthyroidism and cushing syndrome etc. ...Read more
Can be varied: Until advanced, abdominal tumors often give no symptoms. As tumors grow, they can cause abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting from blocking small or large bowel. They can cause weakness as anemia develops from intestinal bleeding. Tumors can grow into nerves causing constant pain. Patients may complain of feeling an abdominal mass. Please see your physician if you have any of these symptoms. ...Read more
Yes, they both can:
Both tumors and aneurysms can cause focal neurologic symptoms and deficits, such as one sided numbness, weakness; imbalance; speech and/or language difficulties; visual impairment (including double vision).
However, unilateral numbness (depending on time course and exact distribution) could be related to blood flow issues (stroke) or demyelination in the brain (ms), or, spinal cord. ...Read more
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