Benign Brain Tumor
A benign brain tumor is a group of cells that don’t follow normal patterns of cell division; they develop into a mass of cells that do not have the characteristic appearance of a cancer. Most of the time benign brain tumors are diagnosed and found using CT or MRI brain scan. Benign brain tumors usually grow slowly, do not spread to other organs or invade surrounding tissues, and often have a border or edge that can be seen on CT scans. Benign brain tumors rarely develop into metastatic tumors (spreading or cancerous). Most benign brain tumors can be removed and do not usually return after removal. The exact causes of benign brain tumors are not known, but medical professionals have suggested that radiation exposure, family history or exposure to chemicals may be risk factors.
Benign brain tumors can be life-threatening if they compress brain tissue and other structures inside the skull, so the term "benign" can be misleading. Some medical professionals classify low-grade cancerous tumors as either "benign" or "relatively benign”, making the terminology even more complicated.
Benign Brain Tumor Symptoms
Benign brain tumor symptoms are not often specific. The below symptoms, combined or alone, can be signs of benign brain tumors, but can also be associated with other diseases, as well:
- Balance problems
- Change in sense of smell
- Changes in mental ability (for example, concentration, memory, speech)
- Facial paralysis
- Hearing problems
- Numbness in extremities
- Seizures, muscle jerking
- Vision problems
Our team of specialists provides the most up-to-date evaluations using the latest diagnostic and imaging technology.
We work very closely with the departments of Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neurology and Radiation Oncology, as well as the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center and Skull Base Center to ensure an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for the best outcome.