Brain Tumor

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Symptoms caused by a brain tumor vary, depending on the tumor's type, size, and location. They are usually caused by damage to tissue and increased pressure on the brain as the tumor grows. In general, symptoms of a brain tumor may include:

  • Frequent, progressively worsening headaches (usually worse in the morning)
  • Seizures, muscle-jerking, or twitching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision, speech, or hearing problems
  • Personality and/or behavior changes
  • Weakness or loss of feeling in the arms and legs or on one side of the body
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of memory and impaired judgment
  • Difficulties with balance

These symptoms aren't necessarily signs of a brain tumor, although they should be assessed by a physician. Other conditions can also cause these problems.

Last reviewed on 10/9/09

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