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Symptom After Removal Of Tumor On Iptical Nerve
My daughter said that during the process of my brain tumor removal I had epileptic symptoms. Can I air travel now?
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
I had pituitary tumor removal on 3/3. I home recovering, but still feel like my head have some kind of nerve thing going on, soreness and numb in spot?
Have some symptoms of g.E.R, how can I treat? It will it go away on its own? Should I worry? And can it cause things like lets say a tumor? I'm nerves.
I assume you have Ac: If it is acid reflux you are talking about, it is easily treatable with antacids. No risk of cancer if you take antacids regularly. You can take medicines like Pepcid (famotidine) or zantac (cheapest drugs to use). More potent drugs are Prilosec or omeprazole...They are very potent and highly effective but cost a bit more. You should try and find out which one works best for you. ...Read more
What symptoms would you have if an nerve sheath tumor in the l-5 nerve root started to cause nerve damage or compression?
My uvula is deviated to the left, could this be serious? Could I have a tumor impinging my vagus nerve? I don't have any other symptoms.
You're fine: I see that you are a first year medical student. Deviation of the uvula is a marker for a cranial nerve palsy, but when you eventually see it in real life, it's spectacular and the movements of the other throat muscles are obviously abnormal. Few uvulas are truly straight. You'll also learn that you have palpable lymph nodes in your neck that may not be in the anatomy book -- they're okay too. ...Read more
Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?
Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses compressing nerve roots emanating from the lower part of the spinal cord. It is a medical emergency that may require surgery or radiation to prevent a permanent loss of function. ...Read more
Varies for tumor: Recovery rom tumor surgery depends on the organ from which the tumor is removed and the nature and size of the tumor. Breast excision for Ca heals in several days at home. Colon Ca removal takes about 1 wk to heal. Pancreatic Ca surgery with multiple anastomosis can take 2 wks to heal before going home. ...Read more
Adequate resection: Tumors both benign and malignant must be removed with adequate margins so that tumor cells are not left behind. In addition there shouldn't be damage to surrounding organs. The rule is that simple and radical surgery are not important. What is needed is adequate surgery to remove the tumor to prevent recurrence. ...Read more
Watch or remove: Fatty tumors (lipomas) are usually benign although a malignant form exists (liposarcoma). If the tumors are symptomatic or cosmetically embarrassing, they can usually be removed surgically under local anesthesia with or without mild sedation. If they are large or growing, they should usually be removed to be certain they are not malignant. You should see an experienced surgeon for advice. ...Read more
Trans-sphenoidal: If possible, the preferred method of pituitary tumor removal is transsphenoidal- through the nose or through the space just under the upper lip. After entering that area, you then enter the pituitary region through the sphenoid sinus and can remove the tumor from around the pituitary gland. ...Read more
Missed some?: The excision might have missed a mmicroscopic portion and it grew back. Or, you could have grown another tumor right next to it. Some malignant tumors can be very aggressive and recur frequently. Either way, please return to your physician if you haven't already. ...Read more
Epithelial tumors: Most if not all epithelial based tumors, that is colon, lung, ovary, breast are based treated by surgical removal of the primary. Lymphoid tumors such as lymphosarcoma, myeloma aand other tumor expressing CD20 are best treated by radiation, Rituxan (rituximab) and CHOPP chemo immunotherapy. More recently CAR- T therapy has been added to the regimen for lymphoid and CD 19 leukemias ...Read more
Mastodynia: Of all women seen for evaluation of breast pain, most do not have breast cancer. However, breast cancers can cause pain; therefore, it is worth seeing your doctor for any new breast pain that persists beyond one cycle. The most common cause of breast pain in younger women is hormonal changes assc with one's cycle. After menopause, the most common cause is chest wall pain referred to the breast. ...Read more
Nonspecific: Headaches can be due to migraine, muscle contraction, hydrocephalus, tumors, hypertension, sinus infections, jaw problems. Tumors and hemorrhages cause headaches due to increased pressure inside the skull when the size is significant. Many tumors, such as meningiomas, may be completely silent, without any pain. ...Read more
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Your treating surgeon will explain the procedure.
There are more than one ways to operate and remove a kidney. It can be an open surgery or more modern surgery done through laparascopic methods which is minimaly invasive surgery. Kidney can be removed completely or only partially if the tumor is small.
So all of these issues can be and should be explained by your doctor if you ask. ...Read more
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
Lots of options:
Basically there are 2 options for breast reconstruction after tumor resection. Option #1 is to move some of the patient's own tissue from another site to the breast. This is a great option, but not for everyone, as the surgery can be long and complicated. Option #2 is to use a breast implant to replace the missing breast tissue. Best to discuss with a board
certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Activity, Size: Any adrenal tumor that is producing excessive amounts of adrenal hormones requires treatment; this can be determined by a battery of blood and urine tests. If the tumor is "non-functioning" (as most are), removal is dependent upon size: those under 4cm can be watched; those over 6cm should be removed; for those "in the middle", it depends upon what it looks like by ct or MRI criteria. ...Read more
Yes, and worse!: Sometimes, benign peritoneal growths may represent infection or just simple inflammatory bowel conditions or reactions. Pain can be prominent in the form of cramping. Bowel irregularity could occur depending on the amount, size, and number of benign tumors taking up space in the abdomen. These may just be more of a hassle than anything else, but you may need to maintain a certain diet, and monitor. ...Read more
Can a malignant tumor do serious damage to the body if it is sitting in your body for a couple of months before removal?
How common is shunt independence (for vp shunts) how does it happen? Examples of such cases? What's the chance for hydro acquired after tumor removal?
Rarely useful: Theoretically, shunt independence can happen, and I have seen a few patients who may no longer need their shunt. Practically, it is rarely worth thinking about. There is no foolproof way to know if a shunt is still flowing or not. Even if the shunt is draining one drop per day, removing it would lead to return of hydrocephalus, so it's rarely worth trying, and usually best to leave it alone. ...Read more
Any suggestions on which type of cancer would most likely benefit from the surgical removal of a tumor?
Yes: Because the normal pituitary gland is rarely clearly identified in surgery, and due to inflammation after surgery, release of the hormone ADH (vasopressin) by the pituitary is often disrupted. Adh, (vasopressin) or anti-diuretic hormone, permits the body to maintain appropriate fluid balance. A low ADH (vasopressin) level causes excess urination, and consequently, thirst. This is usually temporary, but may be a long-term issue. ...Read more
Not trying2remove vp shunt, jst wondering chance of shunt independence4acquired hydro aftr tumor removal. Is it common2develop ALT paths4csf drainage?
Hydrocephalus: It is not uncommon to require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt after removal of a brain tumor. There is a possibility of shunt independence after the swelling and debris has resolved. Externalizing the shunt and gradually raising the shunt valve pressure can be performed to check for shunt independence. See your neurosurgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a trial. ...Read more
Yes, but..: Headaches are common, and brain tumors aren't. So the most likely cause of a headache is not a brain tumor! Warning signs for headaches caused by brain tumors are early morning headaches (upon awakening) or headaches that worsen with coughing or straining. Other causes of headaches: sinus congestion, caffeine withdrawal, muscle tension, eye strain. ...Read more
Is there a connection between migranes and tumors? Are migrain headaches a symptom of a brain tumor?
None established: Migraines and brain tumors don't have an established connection but headaches can be a symptom of a brain tumor. ...Read more
Brain tumor is not likely to produce the symptoms you described.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Yes: All specimens removed at the time of surgery must be sent for pathologic evaluation. While the report comes separately from the operative report which describes what was found at the procedure and how it was removed, the pathology report describes the gross appearance of the specimen followed by the microscopic appearance and then a histologic diagnosis. ...Read more
Please help? My boobs got bigger after tumor removal. Is it because of the surgery or other factors?
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Was the tumor in your breast? Was it benign or cancerous. How long ago? Have you gained weight since?
Enlargement of both breasts at age 49 usually is unrelated to any type of surgery. Extra estrogen (from pills, patches, or your natural hormones) can make the breasts swell. I hate to mention it, but could you be pregnant? Weight gain is a common cause. See your doctor if none of these. ...Read more
I just had surgery wednesday. Is a fever of 100.1 normal afterwards? The surgery was a tumor removal.
Inform your doctor: It is important that your doctor should know about your fever, which may or may not be simply due to surgery. Infections are a common reason for having fever post operatively. If the fever goes up any higher, it would imply that you have an infection which may require antibiotics to control it. ...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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