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What're the symptoms of brain tumors?

When located in the brain, both benign and malignant tumors are very serious. That is because as a tumor grows, pressure builds up in the brain. This can cause frequent headaches that worsen when you lie down. Other symptoms may include seizures, nausea, blurred vision, sleepiness, mental impairment, personality changes, weakness on one side of the body,

difficulty speaking and loss of hearing in one ear.

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. There is no spare space in the skull for anything except the delicate tissues of the brain and its fluid. Any tumor, extra tissue, or fluid can cause pressure on the brain and result in increased intracranial pressure (ICP), which may result from one or more of the ventricles that drain cerebral spinal fluid (CSF, the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) becoming blocked and causing the fluid to be trapped in the brain. This increased ICP may cause headache, vomiting (usually in the morning), nausea, personality changes, irritability, drowsiness, depression, decreased cardiac and respiratory function and, eventually, coma if not treated.

Symptoms of brain tumors in the cerebrum (front of brain) may include increased intracranial pressure (ICP), seizures, visual changes, slurred speech, paralysis or weakness on half of the body or face, drowsiness and/or confusion, personality changes. Symptoms of brain tumors in the brainstem (middle of brain) may include increased intracranial pressure (ICP), seizures, endocrine problems (diabetes and/or hormone regulation), visual changes or double vision, headaches, paralysis of nerves/muscles of the face, or half of the body, respiratory changes. Symptoms of brain tumors in the cerebellum (back of brain) may include increased intracranial pressure (ICP), vomiting (usually occurs in the morning without nausea), headache, uncoordinated muscle movements, problems walking (ataxia). The symptoms of a brain tumor may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

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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