There are three types of symptoms from brain tumors:
Sudden events—seizures and strokes Slowly decreasing brain function Generalized brain dysfunction
Sudden Events—Seizures and Strokes
Generalized or major motor seizures cause you to pass out and shake violently all over. You may lose control of your urine or bowels and bite your tongue. Focal seizures cause one part of your body, like an arm, to shake uncontrollably. Seizures may start out localized and progress to generalized, known as Jacksonian seizures. Without any shaking, part of your body may just stop working. This is similar to what happens during a stroke. Some seizures are very quick and may be as simple as an episode of blinking.
Slowly Decreasing Brain Function
Just about anything your brain does may slowly fail. As a tumor grows, changes can occur in:
Vision Memory Comprehension Coordination Speech Intellect Sensation Personality
Generalized Brain Dysfunction
Symptoms of generalized brain dysfunction may include:
Headache Dementia Trouble walking Difficulty controlling bowels and bladder Personality changes
These changes happen because pressure is building or blood supply is decreasing.
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Last reviewed April 2007 by
Jondavid Pollock, MD, PhD
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