Symptoms of Brain Tumors
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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:
Generalized Brain Dysfunction
Symptoms of generalized brain dysfunction may include:
- Trouble walking
- Difficulty controlling bowels and bladder
- Personality changes
These changes happen because pressure is building or blood supply is decreasing.
American Brain Tumor Association website. Available at: http://hope.abta.org/site/PageServer .
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine . 14th ed. McGraw-Hill; 1998.
Textbook of Clinical Neurology . WB Saunders; 1999.
Last reviewed April 2007 by ]]>Jondavid Pollock, MD, PhD]]>
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