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Can a brain tumor be caused by brain infection?

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Dr. Jonathan Cheng
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: No, not likely

Generally, brain tumors do not arise from brain infection (eg.
, meningitis, encephalitis, absess); however, a bacterial superinfection may rarely develop in a primary brain tumor.

In brief: No, not likely

Generally, brain tumors do not arise from brain infection (eg.
, meningitis, encephalitis, absess); however, a bacterial superinfection may rarely develop in a primary brain tumor.
Dr. Jonathan Cheng
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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery

In brief: Abscess

A brain abscess can develop from brain infection and be a tumor or growth that causes pressure on the surrounding brain.
This can even mimic a more aggressive growth or tumor that arises from the brain cells themselves such as a cystic glioma. Generally once the infection is treated and the abscess drained if needed then there should be no recurrence of this kind of growth reinfection occurs.

In brief: Abscess

A brain abscess can develop from brain infection and be a tumor or growth that causes pressure on the surrounding brain.
This can even mimic a more aggressive growth or tumor that arises from the brain cells themselves such as a cystic glioma. Generally once the infection is treated and the abscess drained if needed then there should be no recurrence of this kind of growth reinfection occurs.
Dr. Kevin Teal
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