The brain is made of several parts, each of which controls specific sets of bodily functions. Physical pressure or cell changes within different areas of the brain can produce differing symptoms. Many of the symptoms of brain lesions and brain cancer overlap.
Symptoms of Brain Lesions
Brain lesions are damaged areas of brain tissue. They do not stem from a single cause, but may result following injury, infection, or disease.
The symptoms of brain lesions vary from person to person depending on the location where damage has occurred and the extent of the damage. Some people may not experience symptoms at all.
General symptoms of brain lesions include:
Changes in personality or behavior
Changes in concentration
Nausea and/or vomiting
If these symptoms occur on a regular basis and do not go away with time, it is advisable that you visit your doctor to identify the cause.
Symptoms of Brain Tumors
There are two types of brain tumors: malignant and benign. Malignant tumors contain cancerous cells, while benign brain tumors do not. Both types of tumors may cause issues in other parts of the body due to the area of the brain that is affected.
Malignant brain tumors may grow at either a fast or slow rate. These types of tumors may be primary brain tumors, which start in the brain, or metastatic brain tumors, which start elsewhere in the body and move to the brain.
Benign brain tumors are often slow-growing and can become very large before symptoms occur. They are not always deadly. Sometimes, they can be life-threatening depending on their size, location, and whether it is easy or difficult to remove.
The symptoms of brain tumors vary depending on the size, growth rate, and location of the tumor. The list below includes most general symptoms of brain tumors, but is not a comprehensive list. Speak with your doctor about any unusual symptoms you may notice.
General Symptoms of Brain Tumors Include:
Changes to breathing patterns
Changes in speech
Changes in mood or behavior
Eyesight loss or changes
Hearing loss or changes
Persistent feeling of weakness or sleepiness
Nausea and vomiting
Problems with balance
Problems with memory
If you are experiencing these symptoms persistently, consult with your doctor in order to identify the cause.
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