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Brain Lesions (Lesions on the Brain) (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Medical care should be sought immediately for the following conditions:

  • Penetrating or skull-depressed head wounds
  • Fever, stiff neck, and confusion
  • Sudden or rapid onset of an intense headache
  • Sudden or rapid onset of slurred speech, a facial droop, or weakness and numbness of an extremity
  • Relatively rapid onset of personality or mental status changes in patients with a known history of cancer
  • New onset of seizure or loss of consciousness
  • Changes in mental status, such as excessive sleepiness, memory problems, confusion or inability to concentrate
  • Visual changes
  • Bulging fontanelle in infants

The other signs and symptoms listed in the previous sections of this article should also persuade patients or their caregivers to seek prompt medical attention.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2014
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