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Pineal Tumors (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for a Pineal Tumor

Brain tumors can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to many other problems. Also, if a tumor grows slowly, the symptoms could develop over a long period of time. Symptoms sometimes appear as problems in other portions of the body, such as numbness in legs or arms. Pressure from a growing tumor can cause specific symptoms such as a headache. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has reported that half of all brain tumors cause headaches; however, it is important to realize that less than 1% of headaches are the result of brain tumors. Here are some other signs and symptoms to watch out for according to ACS and National Cancer Institute (NCI):

  • seizures
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weakness or loss of feeling in the arms and legs
  • stumbling or lack of coordination in walking
  • abnormal eye movements or changes or blurriness in vision
  • hearing problems such as ringing or buzzing
  • drowsiness
  • changes in personality, behavior or memory
  • changes in speech

These symptoms could be an indication of a brain tumor or other problems such as stroke. Only a doctor can make the diagnosis. If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help right away.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2016

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