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Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?

Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?

Imperfect barrier.: The blood brain barrier separates circulating blood from the brain proper. The barrier consists of tight junctions in cells lining the blood vessels in the brain as well as a thick basement membrane and processes from astrocytes (structural/supporting brain cells). This barrier helps to limit pathogens (bacteria) and cancers from entering the brain; however, no physiologic system is "perfect". ...Read more

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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Can you die from a brain tumour that isn't cancer?

Can you die from a brain tumour that isn't cancer?

Yes: The skull is an enclosed space with a brain in it. Any sort of tumor growing in the skull takes up space... but there's no extra space in there. Therefore, the tumor grows and compresses the brain, killing the patient. This is why non-cancerous brain tumors that grow big in size become life-threatening. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a headache is coming from a brain tumor?

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How can you tell if a headache is coming from a brain tumor?

Exam and imaging: A very good clinical history, and physical examination can tell you a lot whether a headache is a migraine likely, tension headache likely or other serious condition such as brain cancer. Primary brain cancer is not very common. Metastatic disease from other cancer in the body is way more common. If suspicion is high then some imaging studies can be ordered- such as ct scan or MRI of the head. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell a brain tumor headache from a regular one?

How do doctors tell a brain tumor headache from a regular one?

Some guidelines: A headache coupled with 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

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Can you die from meningioma?

Can you die from meningioma?

Yes: All abnormal growths in the brain are serious. A meningioma is brain tumor that can vary from very mild to very severe. Some are very slow growing and depending on the patient's age and risks for surgery "might" not be removed. Most are removed, simply because the earlier one can be removed the less the chance it could grow so big as to kill someone. That is too simplistic an answer. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

Exam is best: We usually have a pretty good idea if a tumor is present based on a patient's symptoms and physical exam. The best test to be done is an MRI (usually with contrast). Brain and spinal tumors, fortunately, are pretty uncommon. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a brain tumor?

How to tell if you have a brain tumor?

MRI: MRI is more sensitive than CT scanning for detecting subtle abnormalities such as small tumors. Preferrably an MRI with contrast. You should discuss your concern with a neurologist. ...Read more

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How can you die from a colonoscopy?

How can you die from a colonoscopy?

Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event. ...Read more

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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells. Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. ...Read more

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What should I expect from someone with a brain tumor?

Brain tumor: A very broad question as it depends on where in the brain the tumor occurs. For example if in the motor area then difficulty with walking and ambulating, if in the speech area then speech difficulties, if in the pituitary then hormonal issues. ...Read more

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How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

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 more

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Doctors, do you think I can die from a hypothalamus/pituitary malfunction?

Doctors, do you think I can die from a hypothalamus/pituitary malfunction?

Yes: A pituitary adenoma can kill you through mass effect, pituitary apoplexy, or suppression of thyroid and adrenal cortical function. It's not pleasant. If you have any concerns here, please get with a competent physician. ...Read more

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How could a teenager get brain tumor?

How could a teenager get brain tumor?

Second common tumor : Brain rumors are the second most common tumors after leukemia in kids. Approximately 2000 kids are diagnosed with brain tumor in us each year. Most of them are benign and curable by removing through surgery. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a brain tumor?

How to know if you have a brain tumor?

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

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Can you die from astrocytoma?

Can you die from astrocytoma?

Certainly: Survival is related to the grade of the tumor. A high grade tumor also known as glioblastoma is particularly deadly. Lower grades of astrocytoma have a much better chance of survival. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to die from a brain hemorrhage?

Depends: Need to be specific, is like how long does it take to die if you're bleeding somewhere else. What part of the brain, and how big? It can be a tiny unnoticable bleed that causes no problem and gets better on its own, or a big giant bleed could take a few seconds. ...Read more

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How to know if someone has a brain tumor?

How to know if someone has a brain tumor?

Symptoms ; Imaging: People with brain tumors often suffer from: headaches seizures sensory (touch) and motor (movement control) loss deep venous thrombosis (dvt, or blood clot) hearing loss vision loss fatigue depression behavioral and cognitive (thinking) changes endocrine dysfunction (hormone/gland changes). ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain tumor at 17?

How to know if I have a brain tumor at 17?

Need sympmtoms: As brain tumors enlarge they cause symptoms. Many are neurological with speech defects, motor defects and head pain as lesion expands in closed space. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

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

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How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

No sure way: Headaches that are associated with nausea and awaken you from sleep are more worrisome than others. Also headaches that do not resolve with time, otc medications can also be worrisome. Most headaches are not from brain tumors. If the headache is associated with other neurologic findings a scan is in order. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

A malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) ...Read more