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Possible Symptoms in Brain Tumour Patients

The symptoms caused by a brain tumour are very varied, depending on the location of the tumour. They may occur solitary or in combination, and are divided into four main groups:

Signs of Intracranial Pressure

  • Headache (new onset, especially at night and morning)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Disturbance of consciousness (drowsiness to coma)
  • edema of the retina of the eye
  • slow pulse

Neurological Failure

  • Numbness (in one half of the body or different extremities)
  • Muscle weakness and paralysis
  • Deafness
  • Speech
  • Dysphagia
  • Sensory disturbance (e.g. concerning heat, cold, pressure, touching)
  • Vision impairment (e.g. blurred vision, visual field defects)

Epileptical Seizures

  • Simple partial seizures
  • Complex partial seizures
  • Generalized seizures

Psychological Changes

  • Personality change (e.g.mild irritability, increased distractibility)
  • Change in mental health (depression, apathy, anxiety)
  • Memory impairment (impaired concentration, forgetfulness)
  • Disorientation


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