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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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What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

No evidence of tumor: It means that there is no evidence of active disease as assessed by an MRI and perhaps a pet scan. This does not mean that there is not micropscopic disease which can grow--hence the rationale for surveillance scans to monitor the status of the patient. ...Read more

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What does it mean when MRI is indeterminate?

What does it mean when MRI is indeterminate?

It means: That a definitive diagnosis cannot be provided. For example, in the case of liver mass the MRI may be indeterminate if it cannot discriminate between something benign and something cancerous. ...Read more

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Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

I don't know!: That is a symptom I have not encountered before. If you are having no other symptoms, however (new or changing headache, weakness, visual changes, new problems with speaking, seizures, etc.) i think your concern is unfounded. To be sure, see a doctor in person and define more specifically what your symptom is. It could be something as simple as water in an ear canal! ...Read more

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What does it mean when my brain feels foggy?

What does it mean when my brain feels foggy?

More history: I would need a more complete history to help you with this. I assume you mean you are having trouble thinking clearly. Do you use illicit drugs or drink alcohol? Are you taking any prescribed meds? Do you have any chronic illnesses? Please set up a consult with me on HealthTap if you would like to. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a papilledemabrain tumor?

What does it mean to have a papilledemabrain tumor?

Papilledema: This refers to swelling of the optic disc caused by increased intracranial pressure. So if something is in the brain, let's say a tumor (that should not be there) it causes pressure. The skull is a finite space and if too much fluid builds up it leads to increases pressure. This can be seen by looking in the eyes and sometimes we see papilledema. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

Not certain of ?: Skin, made up of epidermis, can be found in benign tumor, such as a teratoma, epidermal inclusion cyst, branchial cleft anomalies, etc. So, I am not sure if you mean the tumor is producing the skin, or if you mean skin overlying the tumor is shed. If the latter, that may mean the tumor is growing and cutting off blood supply to the overlying skin--causing it to slough. ...Read more

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What does it mean when HCG is 6c?

What does it mean when HCG is 6c?

Indeterminate: Hcg of less than 5 is negative for pregnancy and above 25 is considered positive.So at 6 , It is a "not-sure" level. Repeat in a few days to a week later to see if there is a change. If no change or lower than it is negative.If it gets significantly higher, then it is positive. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say hormone disrupt?

What does it mean when they say  hormone disrupt?

Disruptor?: The endocrine system regulates all biological processes in the body by producing hormones. "hormone" or "endocrine disruptors" are substances that interfere with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behavior, fertility, and maintenance homeostasis. There are environmental substances that can do so. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say hormone disrupt?

What does it mean when they say hormone disrupt?

Not a medical term: I have never heard those words used as a medical term. Where did you hear it from, and maybe you should ask that person. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your liver is enlarged.?

What does it mean when your liver is enlarged.?

Hepatomegaly: You have hepatomegaly when your liver is enlarged. The most common cause of hepatomegaly is hepatic steatosis or a "fatty liver". I recommend you discuss these findings with the physician who ordered the imaging study as follow up blood work is usually advised in order to screen for common causes of liver disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have calcium within a brain tumor?

What does it mean to have calcium within a brain tumor?

Non-specific: Calcification is most commonly seen in benign brain tumors called meningiomas, and in low-grade malignant brain tumors such as oligodendrogliomas. However some high grade tumors can also have calcifications, so one can't rely on this too much to predict the behavior of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when fluid develops around pancreatic tumor?

What does it mean when fluid develops around pancreatic tumor?

Inflammation: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This can occur when the ducts within the pancreas become obstructed. It can also occur if there was a recent pancreatic procedure (like a biopsy). It can also occur after eating too much greasy food or alcohol. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a brain freeze? What is happening?

What does it mean to have a brain freeze? What is happening?

Brain freeze: Consuming ice cold drinks or ice cream causes stimulation of roof of mouth (Palate) which causes rapid changes in small vessels in the sinuses which sends signals to the brain thru the Trigeminal nerve, causing referred pain (headache). ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when something may be vascular?

What exactly does it mean when something may be vascular?

Blood vessels: Vascular problems are related to blood vessels (blood flow, blood clots, hardening of the arteries etc). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your uterus hurts?

What does it mean when your uterus hurts?

Uterus hurting: Pain in the uterus can be from many causes. It can be anything from bad period cramps to infections from sexually transmitted diseases and other things too. It's best to be seen in person and examined to figure out the cause and best option for treatment. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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