Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Can A Benign Tumor Of The Middle Ear Lead To Infection In The Brain

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer

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


2

2
Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didnt have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didnt have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

No: It would be useful to see an ENT specialist for your peace of mind and to have your ears cleaned out. Brain tumors as cause of hearing problems are uncommon. ...Read more

4

4
My ear is hurting n im getting dizzy when i move fast or a lot? Is it a brain infection or tumor ? Im scares one these i just got over sinusitis

My ear is hurting n im getting dizzy when i move fast or a lot?  Is it a brain infection or tumor  ?  Im scares one these i just got over sinusitis

Tumor unlikely: Otalgia or ear ache is almost never a brain symptom. The fact that you are recovering from a sinusitis which is usually viral and you are dizzy, sounds like the viral infection has found the middle ear and inner ear. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

5

5
I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

Ear infection: Inner ear infections can affect balance. This is a complex system and usually will recover slower than the actual infection, sometimes as long as 3-4 weeks. If symptoms persist longer than this timeframe, reevaluation is indicated by your treating physician. Brain tumors of the inner ear can cause dizziness as a presenting symptom, but most of these tumors present with hearing loss. ...Read more

6

6
I had a benign tumor removed from my bladder. I'm 38 with recurrent bladder infections. What are the chances of getting another tumor?

I had a benign tumor removed from my bladder. I'm 38 with recurrent bladder infections. What are the chances of getting another tumor?

High: Benign tumors of the bladder are rather uncommon but very-low-grade-malignant tumors are extremely common and need close follow-up. If you lesion was indeed a "primary urothelial neoplasm of limited malignant potential" (say "punlmp") you'll do well to have a lasting relationship with a urologist who will want to keep your bladder under surveillance. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

Narrowing of the: field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors ( radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in somebody's brain? Are both deadly?

What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in somebody's brain?  Are both deadly?

Cell type; could be: The brain is a confined space. Therefore, even a benign tumor may cause pressure or grow in a way that it kills a person, even though it is benign. Malignant tumors are usually based on the cell type, the number of cells in division, and the presence of necrosis (cell death). The most common malignant tumor is a glioblastoma multiforme. However, metastatic tumors to the brain are common. ...Read more

10

10
What to do if I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should i consider surgery?

What to do if I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should i consider surgery?

Variable: Let's assume you have a meningioma. Usually followed by serial MRI's, and excised if it gets bigger or causes mass effects. At your age, many surgeons would recommend surgery, but cases vary and recommend a lengthy thorough discussion with an experienced neurosurgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
1 doctor shared a insight

Benign Tumor (Definition)

A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
9 doctors shared insights

Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more