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Commonly Seen Symptoms Of Head Tumor

by:  in Category : Common Health Issues

19 December, 2011

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Symptoms Of Head TumorHead tumors refer to abnormal growth of cells in brain that can either be cancerous or non-cancerous. With the growth of tumor, the symptoms can become noticeable.  But symptoms are generally non-specific and may have similarities with other illnesses.

Symptoms can also vary from person to person depending on the size of tumor and its location. Size of the tumor does not have any impact on the severity; a very small tumor can even show severe symptoms. The severity largely depends upon the part of the brain in which the tumor is actually located.

Common Symptoms of Head Tumor


Some patients with head tumor suffer from headaches. But it cannot be a determining factor as headaches are common symptom of multitude of health issues like cold, flu, vitamin deficiency etc. Initial symptoms of head tumor are not always headache.

Severe headaches accompanied by nausea and vomiting could be the symptom of head tumor. After diagnosis, 80% of this type of headache turns out to be tension headache or migraines. If you have frequent headaches, don’t ignore it, especially with accompanying symptoms like sneezing, coughing or nausea and vomiting etc.  They can be indicator of head tumor.


According to Mayo Clinic, if a person has seizures with any prior history, it could possibly be the sign of head tumor. About one third patients having diagnosed with head tumor have found to experience seizures. It can come in varying intensity.  Sometimes seizure may be small and can go unnoticed.

They can cause visual disturbance for several minutes and patients can notice sudden appearance of light flashes. But larger seizures can also occur depending on the location of the tumor, and make patients unconscious. Immediate medical attention should be given to the patients in this condition.


Vomiting without nausea can be one of the symptoms of head tumor. Nausea may also occur but not necessarily. As vomiting is a very common symptom for number of ailments, the triggers and patterns of its occurrence can help physician to recognize the symptoms.

Emotional Changes

A person with head tumor may experience change in his/her personality and behavior. He/She may become frustrated easily.

Symptoms Of Head Tumor

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The patient may also become anxious or depressed and experience loss of memory. Person may also suffer temper tantrum, paranoia or change in personality.

Vision and Hearing Problem

Sometimes head tumor can affect visual or hearing problem that shouldn’t be ignored. Blurred vision, flashing light, hearing loss in one of the ears and ringing sound in the ears can be the possible signs. Speech problem may also occur.

Cognitive Decline

If you feel difficulty in completing the basic tasks that require thinking, which you previously use to do without pushing yourself hard, report to your doctor immediately. Slower processing speed of your brain and lack of concentration could be possible signs of head tumor. Sensory functions like taste, smell or touch may also get affected. A person may even face problems in walking, brushing, dressing or showering.

Mass Effect

When a person experiences combination of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, headache and swollen eyes, they are called mass effects and can possibly be the symptoms of head tumor.

If you experience some of the above mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor immediately and do not hesitate to show your concern of having a head tumor. This will allow your doctor to address your concern early. Early diagnosis can provide you the right treatment and avoid complications.

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