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The Common Symptoms of Brain Tumor

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 17 July 2021
The Common Symptoms of Brain Tumor

According to the Neuro-Oncologists Dr Lakshmi Nayak, MD, and Eudocia Quant Lee, MD, MPH, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Center for Neuro-Oncology, to review the red flags that warrant a medical follow up:

Common brain tumor symptoms include:
  • Headaches that are new or worsening, especially in a person who doesn't normally have headaches.
  • New and persistent loss of balance or difficulty walking.
  • A seizure or loss of ability to speak; double or blurred vision or vision loss; hearing problems. Gradually worsening weakness or loss of sensation in an arm or leg.
  • Personality changes such as emotional withdrawal or anger, or becoming easily confused.Headaches that are new or worsening, especially in a person who doesn't normally have headaches. Often they are worse when lying down and in the morning, or wake someone from sleep. They may include nausea or vomiting.
  • New and persistent loss of balance or difficulty walking.
  • A seizure or loss of ability to speak; double or blurred vision or vision loss; hearing problems. Gradually worsening weakness or loss of sensation in an arm or leg.
  • Personality changes such as emotional withdrawal or anger, or becoming easily confused.
  • A stroke can also cause similar symptoms, but usually a stroke happens suddenly and without warning, while signs of a brain tumor appears more gradually.
  • Room spinning dizziness is a not a common brain tumor symptom and is more often related to an inner ear problem.

To rule out or diagnose a brain tumor, a person will undergo a neurological exam to test vision, hearing, balance, reflexes, arm and leg strength, and coordination. A CT or MRI scan is commonly used to image the brain for evidence of a tumor.

This information should be reassuring for people who fear the worst when they have a bad headache, because brain tumors are very uncommon. But if your symptoms resemble those listed above, see your doctor.

 

 

 

Author:Geoff Beaty
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