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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...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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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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Is benign adnexal skin tumor compatible with eccrine poroma cancerous?

Is benign adnexal skin tumor compatible with eccrine poroma cancerous?

Benign& malignant: Skin adenexal tumors (sat ) tumors of sweat glands, ( eccrine& apocrine glands ) hair follicles , are both benign and malignant . Malignant which is lethal if excision is not done early. Eccrine porocarcinoma is malignant variety and it is not a benign tumor. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Not typically: The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain near eye nerve pathways and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) system. Symptoms include double vision, headache, nausea, & vomiting. I suspect seizures could happen but are not common. Pineal tumors are also rare .. only 1% of all primary brain tumors. Other causes of seizures should be investigated. ...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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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...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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Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Depends on : Size and location. Lipomas that are larger than 10 cm or 4 inches can turn into malignant sarcomas, but even this is uncommon. Lipomata that are deep to the muscle layer have a higher incidence of malignancy. Sometimes lipomas can cause pain and tenderness, too, even though most are asymptomatic except for its apearance. ...Read more

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Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

Possible: Melanoma does have the ability to travel to bone and would show up on a bone scan. However other processes (non-malignant) can also also light up on a bone scan. Only a biopsy could tell for certain. ...Read more

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Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Provisional: This is a preliminary report while the pathologist does more work to get the exact nature of the tumor settled down. I suspect this will turn out to be a carcinosarcoma. This is a difficult case and your physician will probably want several pathologists' signatures on the final report. ...Read more

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Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Yes but rare: Most meningiomas are benign but occasionally they can be malignant. An MRI can help predict this but only a tissue diagnosis can confirm this. ...Read more

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How many years does a doctor follow up after removal of a non cancerous meningiona brain tumor? I'm 64 . Thanks! meningioma brain tumor

Depending on grade: It depends on the pathology report and how well the tumor came out. If yours was who grade 1 (very benign) and the surgeon removed all with attached brain membrane, follow up scan up to a few years will be plenty. Please discuss with your surgeon and follow his instruction. ...Read more

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Would radiation treatment work on a 5.9x4.1x4.2cm left frontal lobe meningioma (benign or malignant)?

Would radiation treatment work on a 5.9x4.1x4.2cm left frontal lobe meningioma (benign or malignant)?

A large tumor: A tumor of this size may be causing symptoms and serious consideration of surgical resection should be undertaken by a skilled neurosurgeon. Only if an excellent surgeon has recommended against surgery or the patient has serious medical problems would I advise radiation treatments in a large tumor like this. ...Read more

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Could thymus gland regrow?

Could thymus gland regrow?

Ususally not: Thymus usually regresses after reaching maximum size at puberty. It becomes infiltrated with fat during regression. It can enlarge with tumors such as thymoma and thymolipoma. Also hormone associated with hyperthyroidism or graves disease in adolescence can stimulate thymus to overgrow. Otherwise thymus remains dormant in older people. ...Read more

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Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Not per se: Even "benign" tumors of the brain can kill. In general tumors with benign histology do not turn into malignant ones, but for brain tumors the distinction is not clear and there is a continuum of behavior of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Could scalp ringworm cause hair follicles to shrink and receding hairline?

Could scalp ringworm cause hair follicles to shrink and receding hairline?

Hair loss: infections can cause hair loss Effective treatment will resolve it. See a dermatologist or family doc. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between a sebaceous cyst formation on the scalp and a brain tumor?

Is there any correlation between a sebaceous cyst formation on the scalp and a brain tumor?

No. : These are two very different diseases without any connection between the two. Sebaceous cysts arise from the oil glands next to hair follicles; brain tumors form deep to the skull. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered cyst or tumor like thing on my head scalp yesterday. is this serious ?

What to do if I discovered cyst or tumor like thing on my head scalp yesterday. is this serious ?

No: cysts of the scalp are very common. Most are sebaceous cysts which will eventually drain spontaneously. If continues to enlarge, the whole cyst with capsule should be excised. In rare instances a solid tumor can be seen. If present and if seen to enlarge excision necessary for DX and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor cause a sudden pain in a part of the scalp for half minute or 1 minute?

Can a brain tumor cause a sudden pain in a part of the scalp for half minute or 1 minute?

Extremely Unlikely: Although nothing is impossible, brain tumors do not cause sharp, intermittent scalp pain. They generally cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, vision or balance problems. ...Read more

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Can crawling feeling in scalp for several months now be a result of something serious such as brain tumor or something?

Can crawling feeling in scalp for several months now be a result of something serious such as brain tumor or something?

Unlikely: Brain tumor is not likely to produce these symptoms. Try shampooing your scalp daily to see if that helps. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I had a brain tumor removed 3 weeks ago and my scalp still has a lot of fluid under it and does not seem to be going down in a hurry is this normal?

I had a brain tumor removed 3 weeks ago and my scalp still has a lot of fluid under it and does not seem to be going down in a hurry is this normal?

Likely: Fluid collections under surgical incisions (often called a 'seroma') can persist for some weeks. Your surgeon would be the person best equipped to evaluate whether your wound is healing appropriately or if the fluid might suggest an infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel a brain tumor with your fingers? I just found out that I have a small lump in my scalp and worry...

Is it possible to feel a brain tumor with your fingers? I just found out that I have a small lump in my scalp and worry...

Head Lump: Thats very unlikely. However, nothing in medicine is impossible. Most likely you are feeling a scalp lesion that is localized in the skin. If it is immobile then it may be attached to the bone and in that case you may need further workup. Please consult a physician who can examine you. Thank you. ...Read more

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Brain mass? If a pet scan slide of the head and neck that shows the scalp i.E. The brain, what do three circles mean with ctac 3.75 thick next to it mean as an annotation. Is this a brain slide of 3 d dimensions or three separate tumors? I suppose you kn

Brain mass? If a pet scan slide of the head and neck that shows the scalp i.E. The brain, what do three circles mean with ctac 3.75 thick next to it mean as an annotation.  Is this a brain slide of 3 d dimensions or three separate tumors? I suppose you kn

I : I suggest you make an appointment with the doctor who ordered the pet scan to review the images and adults with him or her. Ctac stands for "attenuation correction ct". This is ct, or computed tomography part of the combined pet/ct scan. It is what show the anatomy meaning all the organs and structures in the body. The 3.75 just means how thick the cat scan slices are. Unless a special kind of pet/ct dcan was done specifically to evaluate for a brain tumor, it is actually quite rare for brain tumors to show up on regular pet scans and they are usually not easily seen on the ct component of the scan alone, especially if no IV contrast dye aw given in addition to the pet scan sugar tracer. ...Read more

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Severe aching in jaw,pain releived by pulling lightly on scalp or walking.Comes at night when I lie down..nerve pain?Tumor? No jaw noises so not TMJ.

Severe aching in jaw,pain releived by pulling lightly on scalp or walking.Comes at night when I lie down..nerve pain?Tumor? 
No jaw noises so not TMJ.

See OFP specialist: The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of pain in the head, face and TMJ. They are the experts in TMJ and chronic face and head pain. See OFP specialist near you. ...Read more

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My scalp is raised in 1 spot like a bump but it's my scalp and i've been having bad headaches daily and get worse when i get up quickly brain tumer?

My scalp is raised in 1 spot like a bump but it's my scalp and i've been having bad headaches daily  and get worse when i get up quickly  brain tumer?

Scalp Bump: Trichilemmal or pilar cysts are common intradermal or subcutaneous cysts, occurring in 5-10% of the population. Greater than 90% occur on the scalp, where trichilemmal cysts are the most common cutaneous cyst. They do not cause headaches. See your internist about your headaches. ...Read more

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What's a tumor board do?

Review and discuss: Tumor boards are part of certified cancer programs all over the country. They usually have the surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists present. Also primary docs, pathologists, and other specialists are present. Nuses, palliative care teams and other support members are there. A patient ' s case is discussed from top to bottom, and a treatment plan is made with input from this team. ...Read more

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What is borderline tumor 2c?

What is borderline tumor 2c?

Need more detail: 2c is a staging parameter used for several cancers and we need more details to answer. ...Read more

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What does a tumor feel like?

What does a tumor feel like?

No single answer: Tumors can feel soft or hard and may be painless or painful, depending on the type and location. Sometimes they are associated with changes to the overlying skin. A physician can check any skin spot or lump that is tender, itching, oozing, scaly, doesn't heal, has irregular color, swollen, is enlarging, or any other changes that worry you and make suggestions for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can tumors typically feel like?

What can tumors typically feel like?

Variable by biology.: "tumors" can be either benign or malignant. Those that are malignant have the ability to grow and spread. Malignant neoplasms/tumors often invade adjacent normal tissues and are firm with irregular borders. They sometimes invade / surround nerves and can be associated with pain. Location in the body can be important as well. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How to reduce or eliminate fatty tumors?

How to reduce or eliminate fatty tumors?

Excision.: The most common type of "fatty tumor" is called a lipoma. These tumors are benign and are often felt / palpated underneath the skin on the trunk and arms / legs. They are generally mobile and soft. Lipomas are not malignant and do not have malignant potential. If a lipoma is concerning or cosmetically unacceptable, the standard treatment is surgical excision. ...Read more

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What are the signs of active adrenagland tumor?

Cushing's Syndrome: Bison hump, muscle wasting. Central fat redistribution, moon facies, abdominal striae (red lines). Suppression of acth (the pituitary driver of adrenal growth), . ...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