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What Is Brain Tumors
Multi-factorial: There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more
Both: Most patients with brain tumors have edema "swelling" around the tumor. Drugs, such as dexamethasone, which reduce the edema reduce the symptoms, but usually do not eliminate symptoms. This is evidence that both the tumor itself and edema contribute to the symptoms of brain tumors. ...Read more
What do brain tumors feel like I have hard knot about the size of a marble on back right of my head and been having seizures since october
Various symptoms: There is no universal symptom, some tumors grow slowly and show no symptom until they are large enought to compress brain tissue or blocks in the brains circulation system. If one had onset of seizures, 5 months is way too long to wait to see a neurologist for imaging studies and other evaluation. Going to the er and getting proper assessment if this has not been assessed would be critical. ...Read more
What does brain tumor headache feel like ?, I've been having pressure in eyes and cheeks for couple days. Is it likely brain tumor ?
Pressure in cheeks: More likely you have sinusitis/ allergies. Consider zyrtec (cetirizine) ( if not allergic).Possibly is toothache, rarer includes conditions like glaucoma ( can get it checked at a lenscrafters. hour eyes any optometist). Tumor is rare. Presents with headache on waking and may be associated with nausea, vomiting, visual disturbance. See doctor/urgent care this week,see one today if visual/ dental issue ...Read more
Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more
Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain. ...Read more
Clarify: Brain tumors do not typically "burst". They can grow and put pressure on the surrounding structures. Even tumor cysts usually don't burst. ...Read more
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