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What Does It Mean When Brain Tumor
"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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Aggressive: That is a higher grade under the microscope and is nothing to sit back and watch. ...Read more
White matter: It depends on the age and clinical symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood vessels: Vascular problems are related to blood vessels (blood flow, blood clots, hardening of the arteries etc). ...Read more
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