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What're the complications of brain tumor?

Brain tumors can be extremely serious, even when noncancerous. A non-malignant brain tumor can do damage as it grows bigger within the rigid skull and starts pressing on the brain. The specific effects of tumors on the brain can causes seizures, mental changes, and mood, personality, and emotional changes. Such effects can be devastating to the patient

and the caregivers. A number of treatments are available that help alleviate these complications, and patients and family members should discuss these with their physician.

Depending on its size and location, a brain tumor can cause temporary or permanent brain damage. The brain is divided into different parts that are responsible for a variety of functions. For example, the front part of the brain (frontal lobe) is responsible for helping you think and managing motor skills. A brain tumor in the frontal lobe may press on or invade brain tissue in this area, resulting in learning or memory difficulties. It may also make talking or walking difficult. A brain tumor in the part of the brain called the occipital lobe - located in the back of the head - can result in vision problems because that area of the brain controls your ability to see and comprehend what you see.

Brain tumors may lead to an emergency complication known as hydrocephalus, which is the buildup of fluid in and around your brain. This occurs when a tumor blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in and around your brain, causing fluid to build up within the confined spaces of your skull. This buildup can create pressure on delicate brain structures. The fluid must be drained to relieve pressure and reduce the risk of brain injury. Another emergency situation that can be caused by brain tumors is bleeding in the brain. This may require emergency medical treatment.

More information on brain tumor

What is brain tumor? - Brain tumors are abnormal growths made up of cells whose growth and division are no longer under the control of the body.
What are primary brain tumors? - A primary malignant brain tumor is one that originates in the brain itself. Primary brain tumors are named due to the cell types.
What are secondary brain tumors? - A secondary (metastatic) brain tumor occurs when cancer cells spread to the brain from a primary cancer in another part of the body.
What types of brain tumors are there? - About half of all primary brain tumors are known collectively as gliomas. Some brain tumors are categorized by their location in the brain.
What causes brain tumors? - The majority of brain tumors have abnormalities of genes involved in cell cycle control, causing uncontrolled cell growth.
What're the risk factors for brain tumors? - Risk factors for brain tumors include age, environmental or occupational risk factors, diseases associated with brain tumors.
What're the complications of brain tumors? - Brain tumors may lead to an emergency complication known as hydrocephalus. A brain tumor can cause temporary or permanent brain damage.
What're the symptoms of brain tumors? - Symptoms of brain tumors vary depending on the size and location of tumor. Many symptoms are related to an increase in pressure in or around the brain.
How is brain tumor diagnosed? - Brain tumor is diagnosed through a combination of symptoms and evaluation of neurological functions.
What's the treatment for brain tumors? - The approach for treating brain tumors is to reduce the tumor as much as possible using surgery, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, or investigative procedures.
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