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Symptoms of Brain Tumors
There are many possible symptoms from brain tumors, including:
Headache is a common symptom of brain tumor. It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Often, these headaches are more painful when first awakening in the morning. They may even wake patients during sleep. The headaches may be associated with visual changes, particularly double vision and sudden loss of vision. These headaches can be worsened with Valsalva (a method that involves holding your breath and straining).
Cognitive and Behavioral Changes
The types of cognitive and behavioral changes that occur depend on the area of the brain being affected by tumor and swelling. As a tumor grows, changes can occur in:
Other Physical and Neurological Symptoms
The location of the tumor and the swelling around the tumor are responsible for the types of symptoms that patients have. Changes in normal function may include:
Sudden Events—Seizures and Strokes
Without any shaking, part of your body may just stop working. This is similar to the symptoms individuals may have during a stroke, but it may be caused by the brain tumor or swelling around the brain tumor.
Some seizures are quick changes of consciousness and do not involve any shaking.
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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