Chapter: Diseases of The Brain and Nervous System(A Health Education Guide): Brain Tumours

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Symptoms of Brain Tumors

The symptoms of brain tumors worsen gradually, depending upon the quality, location, size, and type of tumor as well as the severity of the accompanying edema.

Symptoms :

The symptoms of brain tumors worsen gradually, depending upon the quality, location, size, and type of tumor as well as the severity of the accompanying edema.

1.        Increased Intracranial pressure: Increase in the size of the tumor increases the pressure inside the skull (a fixed vault) as well as on the brain, causing symptoms like headache on both sides, nausea-vomiting, blackouts, uneasiness and diplopia. All cases of headache do not indicate brain tumor, only in 1 % of the cases, the cause of headache is brain tumor. But if a healthy individual starts experiencing headaches of increasing intensity, it is essential to get examined by a specialist.

2.        The symptoms of brain tumor depend upon the location of the tumor. Therefore there can be a gradual increase of paralysis, speech loss, memory loss or lack of body co-ordination. In some patients there is only a behavioural or a personality change, or loss of bowel or bladder control :

3.        Seizures or unconsciousness can also be an important symptom especially if it is accompanied by headache or paralysis; if so immediate investigations are necessary.

4.        Sometimes a je,prrjage in the tumor can create an emergency situation for the patient. Usually, only if there is more than one of the above symptoms, the possibility -of a brain tumor in the patient is high.


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