Brain tumor symptoms

What are brain tumor symptoms? How do you recognize a brain tumor and what is the cause of a brain tumor? Is there anything you can do against a brain tumor?

What is a brain tumor

A brain tumor is a tumor in the brains that causes damage to the brains because it is pressing on the brains. Depending on the location where the tumor is located, the symptoms may vary. A brain tumor is one of the most common tumors in humans. What exactly the cause of a brain tumor is can no-one say with 100 percent certainty, but there is talk of a hereditary character in brain tumors.

Brain tumor symptoms

The symptoms of a brain tumor depend on the vane position in the cranial cavity and the pressure the tumor exerts on the skull. The general brain tumor symptoms are mainly determined by the increase of pressure in the skull.

  • Headaches, that is already present early morning.
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting, usually also in the early morning
  • Irregular heartbeat and slow pulse
  • Personality Change
  • Speech disorder
  • Disorders of the senses like deafness and blindness
  • Enlarged pupils

These symptoms are in itself no indication of a brain tumor, but if you experience a combination of multiple symptoms, it is advisable to request a consultation. A CT scan can then provide more certainty.

Brain tumor types and specific symptoms

Based on the location of the tumor you can divide the tumors into 3 groups. Each group has its own brain tumor symptoms. 

Neuromas

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of the neuronal tumors involve the benign version of the growths. They can occur in several places in both the central or peripheral nervous system. The symptoms of neuromas, which often occur in these cases are:

  • dizziness
  • abnormal eye movements
  • unilateral deafness
  • excitation phenomena
  • hair loss symptoms

The tumors are usually easy to remove.

Meningiomas

Meningiomas is a type of brain tumor that expresses itself over the generally benign, slow-growing tumors. They are tumors of the brain- and spinal cords. Because they grow so slowly, they could be present long before they are discovered. They can become very big and therefore cause damage to surrounding organs, which can not be repaired when they are removed too late.

Gliomas

Gliomas develop from neuroglia. Because these tumors grow between the other cells, and often with long sprouts, they are fairly difficult to remove surgically. The gliomas are subdivided into 4 groups depending on the cell type they are using.

Medulloblastomas

This type of tumor usually occurs in children between 7 and 12 years old and is generally in the center part of the small brains. A number of recognizable symptoms of the brain tumor can be:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • throwing up
  • problematic walk

After surgery, radiotherapy still follows. The prognosis for survival is usually not longer than 10 years.

Astrocytomas

These types of brain tumors, the astrocytomas, is named after the star-shaped glial cells, from which they originate. They mainly occur in the large brains and make no distinction in the patient's age.

Oligodendrogliomas

These brain tumors originate from glial cells with few dendrites and mainly occur in adults. They are slow-growing tumors, common in big brains. After a successful surgery and no metastases, the survival rates vary between 2 to 20 years or even longer.

Glioblastoma

These are aggressive brain tumors that grow very quickly, and where the prognosis is not favorable.

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