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Persistent headaches to personality changes; 7 signs of brain tumour

Published on Jun 09, 2024 06:00 AM IST
  • Brain tumour can show a range of symptoms depending on the location of the tumour. From headache to seizures, here are signs and symptoms.
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"Brain tumours can present with a myriad of symptoms, some of which may seem unrelated or easily attributable to other, more benign conditions. However, seemingly innocuous signs and symptoms could potentially herald the presence of an underlying brain tumour. While classic symptoms like headaches, seizures, and focal neurological deficits are well-recognized, there are several surprising indicators that often go unnoticed or underappreciated by patients and healthcare providers alike," says Dr P.N. Renjen, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 09, 2024 06:00 AM IST

"Brain tumours can present with a myriad of symptoms, some of which may seem unrelated or easily attributable to other, more benign conditions. However, seemingly innocuous signs and symptoms could potentially herald the presence of an underlying brain tumour. While classic symptoms like headaches, seizures, and focal neurological deficits are well-recognized, there are several surprising indicators that often go unnoticed or underappreciated by patients and healthcare providers alike," says Dr P.N. Renjen, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. (Freepik)

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1. Persistent headaches: While headaches are common, a new pattern of severe, persistent, or progressive headaches, especially those that worsen in the morning or with coughing or straining (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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1. Persistent headaches: While headaches are common, a new pattern of severe, persistent, or progressive headaches, especially those that worsen in the morning or with coughing or straining (Unsplash)

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2. Personality changes: Subtle personality shifts, such as increased irritability, apathy, or inappropriate behaviour, may result from the tumour's effect on specific brain regions responsible for emotional regulation and impulse control. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Personality changes: Subtle personality shifts, such as increased irritability, apathy, or inappropriate behaviour, may result from the tumour's effect on specific brain regions responsible for emotional regulation and impulse control. (Shutterstock)

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3. Vision problems: Tumours affecting the optic nerve, pituitary gland, or occipital lobe can cause visual disturbances like double vision, blurred vision, or even partial or complete vision loss in one or both eyes. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Vision problems: Tumours affecting the optic nerve, pituitary gland, or occipital lobe can cause visual disturbances like double vision, blurred vision, or even partial or complete vision loss in one or both eyes. (Unsplash)

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4. Seizures: While not all brain tumours cause seizures, unexplained new-onset seizures, especially in adults, should prompt further investigations to rule out an underlying brain tumour. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Seizures: While not all brain tumours cause seizures, unexplained new-onset seizures, especially in adults, should prompt further investigations to rule out an underlying brain tumour. (Shutterstock)

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5. Weakness or numbness: Tumours exerting pressure on specific areas of the brain or spinal cord can lead to focal neurological deficits, such as weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or more limbs. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Weakness or numbness: Tumours exerting pressure on specific areas of the brain or spinal cord can lead to focal neurological deficits, such as weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or more limbs. (Shutterstock)

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6. Balance and coordination issues: Tumours affecting the cerebellum or brainstem can manifest as difficulties with balance, coordination, or gait, often mistaken for vertigo or inner ear problems. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Balance and coordination issues: Tumours affecting the cerebellum or brainstem can manifest as difficulties with balance, coordination, or gait, often mistaken for vertigo or inner ear problems. (Unsplash)

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7. Hormonal imbalances: Pituitary or hypothalamic tumours can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones, leading to symptoms like unexpected weight gain or loss, amenorrhea, or changes in libido, thirst, or urination patterns. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Hormonal imbalances: Pituitary or hypothalamic tumours can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones, leading to symptoms like unexpected weight gain or loss, amenorrhea, or changes in libido, thirst, or urination patterns. (Unsplash)

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