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Dr Reginald Varadarajulu Vsm

Dr Reginald Varadarajulu Vsm

  Hbr layout, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   4 min     

Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

Symptoms of brain tumors vary and depend on the location and size of the tumor. Tumors may cause direct damage by invading brain tissue and causing brain pressure to rise. There are noticeable symptoms when a growing tumor puts pressure on the brain tissues.

Headaches are a common symptom of a brain tumor. Usual nature of these headaches:

worse in the morning when waking up

occur while sleeping

worsenwhile coughing, sneezing, or exercise


blurred or double vision

seizures (mostly in adults)

weakness in a limb or part of the face

a change in mental functioning

Other common symptoms include:




difficulty while writing or reading

failing ability to hear, taste, or smell

decreasing alertness, may include drowsiness or loss of consciousness

difficulty to swallow

dizziness or vertigo

eye problems, such as drooping eyelids and unequal pupils

uncontrollable movements

loss of bladder or bowel control

hand tremors

loss of balance

numbness or tingling on one side of the body

changes in mood, emotions, and behavior

trouble speaking or understanding

difficulty walking

Symptoms of Pituitary Tumors

The following symptoms can occur with pituitary tumors:

nipple discharge, or galactorrhea

lack of menstruation in women

enlargement of the hands and feet

development of breast tissue in men, or gynecomastia

sensitivity to heat or cold

increased amounts of body hair, or hirsutism


low blood pressure

How Are Brain Tumors Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a brain tumor usually begins with a physical exam and a look at patient’s medical history.

The physical exam includes a very detailed neurological examination. Eyes and pupils are observed with an ophthalmoscope, which is an instrument that shines a light through pupils and onto your retinas to check the cranial nerves. This allows to check how the pupils react to light. It also allows looking directly into theeyes to see if there’s any swollen optic nerve. When pressure increases inside the skull, changes in the optic nerve may occur.

Further evaluation may be for:

muscle strength



ability to do mathematical calculations

After the initial physical exam, following tests may include:

  • CT Scan of the Head: CT scans are ways to get a more detailed scan of the body than with an X-ray machine. This can be carried out with or without contrast.Contrast is obtained in a CT scan of the head by using a special dye that helps doctors see some structures, like blood vessels, more clearly.
  • MRI of the Head: In MRI of the head, a special dye can be used to help detect tumors. An MRI is different from a CT scan because it doesn’t use radiation.
  • Angiography: This study uses a dye that’s injected into the artery, usually in the groin area. This dye travels to the arteries in the brain. It allows seeing what the blood supply of the tumors looks like, which is useful to know at the time of surgery.
  • Brain Scan: A brain scan involves using harmless a radioactive dye that’s injected into a vein. An image is takenwhen the dye goes through the veins in the tumor.
  • Skull X-Rays: Brain tumors can sometimes cause breaks or fractures in the skull, and specific X-rays can show if this has occurred. These X-rays can also detect calcium deposits, which are sometimes restrained within a tumor. Calcium deposits may move to bloodstream if cancer moves to the bones.
  • Biopsy: A small piece of the tumor is extracted during a biopsy. A specialist called a neuropathologist examines it. The biopsy identifies if the tumor cells are benign or malignant. It also determines whether the cancer originated in the brain or another part of the body.

Treatment of Brain Tumors

The treatment of a brain tumor depends on:

The type of tumor

The location of the tumor

The size of the tumor

Overall health

The usual treatment for malignant brain tumors is surgery. The objective is to remove all traces of cancer without damaging the healthy parts of the brain. In certain cases the location of some tumors allows for easy and safe removal, while other tumors may be located in an area that limits the amount of the tumor that can be removed. Even partial removal of brain cancer can turn beneficial.

Risks of brain surgery may include infection and bleeding. Clinically dangerous benign tumors are also removedsurgically. Metastatic brain tumors are treated as per the guidelines for the type of original cancer.

Surgery can be blended with other treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Tags:  cancer, brain cancer, seizures, tumors, Diagnostic Tests & Results, chemotherapy,

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