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Doctor insights on: Psuedotumor Cerebri

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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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Is pseudo tumor cerebri is related to oversleeping?

Is pseudo tumor cerebri is related to oversleeping?

Pseudotumor cerebrii: Not usually. More likely due to hypervitaminosis a or other medications. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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Is pseudotumor cerebri genetic?

Pseudotumor cerebri: There are have some cases described where pseudotumor cerebri seems to run in the family and a genetic/hereditary basis is suspected. However that is the exception and most cases are not inherited. ...Read more

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Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

In theory anywhere: In theory, it could happen anywhere in the brain, but most juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas are in the supratentorial brain (outside of the posterior fossa). Posterior fossa tumors are typically ependymoma, medulloblastoma in kids. Jpa's don't happen in adults (adults get lgg's, or who ii low grade gliomas..Just almost never who i tumors). Most stem lesions are not jpa's, but they happen too. ...Read more

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What is pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition in which the intracranial pressure is too high which leads to optic nerve damage and vision loss. It is diagnosed by imaging the brain by ct scan or MRI and a spinal tap. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Yes: It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery. ...Read more

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Can a benign tumor metastasize?

Can a benign tumor metastasize?

No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of 'parasitic' or implanted benign tumors (eg leiomyomas of the uterus) are recognized to occur in sites outside their normal origin, but this is thought to be a result of some form of tissue transplantation, and not true tumor ''metastasis' ...Read more

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Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...Read more

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Can an untreated brain tumor cause a brain aneurysm?

Can an untreated brain tumor cause a brain aneurysm?

Not usually: Strokes and brain issues can come with either but they are not very common together. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri)?

Pseudotumor: is caused by an imbalance of CSF production vs. resorption. The list of causes is lengthy. Low Vit A or iron, elevated Vit A, female gender, obesity or weight gain, tetracycline exposure, obstructive sleep apnea and endocrinologic disorders are contributory. The headaches are typically mild to moderate, diffuse and worsen with reclining. There may be blurring of vision or diplopia. ...Read more

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Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Yes: Different sized pupils can be a sign of elevated intracranial pressure, or interference with autonomic nerves of one or the other pupil. ...Read more

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Is a brain tumor cancer?

: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...Read more

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How serious is meningioma tumor?

How serious is meningioma tumor?

Location: Meningiomas are mostly benign tumors and curable by resection. The seriousness depends on the location that may determine the degree of difficulty of surgical removal. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more

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Can MRI without contrast see pituitary tumour from cushings?

Can MRI without contrast see pituitary tumour from cushings?

Yes it might: If it shows, then it has been useful. But one can not exclude its presence if no contrast was used.. So if there is strong suspicion, then a repeat MRI with contrast may be more certain and more definitive study to rely on. ...Read more