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Clinical Services at Rush Brain Tumor Symptoms

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Following are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor. Each person may experience symptoms differently, and symptoms 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 the following:

  • 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.


 

Brain Tumor Center at Rush

The Brain Tumor Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of brain tumors (cancerous and noncancerous). At Rush, patients have access to the latest diagnostic and treatment options, from stereotactic radiosurgery to minimally invasive brain and skull base surgery that can be performed without incisions and that requires only a short hospital stay.

For more information visit the Brain Tumor Center home page.





Contact Name
Brain Tumor Center at Rush
Contact Phone
(888) 352-RUSH
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


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