Brain Lesion

A brain lesion is an abnormal area of the brain that is usually the result of a traumatic brain injury or a disease. Some lesions have a size or shape that is characteristic of a certain condition, such as multiple sclerosis. Lesions can present in a variety of ways – large or small, in single or multiple locations – which can make it difficult to identify their cause. Some other common causes for a brain lesion include infections and congenital issues.

Overview

Symptoms

Symptoms of a brain lesion may include:
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea, vomiting or lack of appetite
  • Loss of muscle function 
  • Muscle weakness  
  • Vision changes
  • Memory or speech problems
  • Mood swings, behavior changes or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Fever

Diagnosis

Brain lesion diagnosis usually takes place after an MRI or a CT scan that your doctor may order to pinpoint the cause of neurological symptoms. The expert neurologists at Aurora will use the size, location and characteristics of your brain lesion to help them diagnose your condition.

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Treatment Options

Dr. Amin Kassam, vice president for Neurosciences at Aurora Health Care, explains the Expanded Endonasal Approach, a minimally invasive surgery technique.

Treatment options for a brain lesion may include:

  • Observation, to see if intervention is necessary.
  • The Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery than conventional surgery.
  • CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery, a non-invasive, robotic system that can deliver high radiation doses with pinpoint accuracy.

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Knowing all your options can make life's toughest decisions a little easier.