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Brain Tumor Symptoms

Updated on December 9, 2010

Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

Brain tumors are unique to the individual and the tumors are unique to the brain. Even if you get a complete workup it is possible that you may not be able to predict what your brain tumor could do. Symptoms largely depend on how big the tumor is, where it is located and what kind of tumor it is.

List of Common Symptoms

There are various symptoms that can occur with a brain tumor all dependent on size, location, and type. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Neurocognitive Function
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Vision Problems
  • Pressure in the Head
  • Buzzing or Ringing in the Ears
  • Behavior Changes
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Muscle Coordination
  • Reasoning
  • Sensory Perception
  • Speech
  • Hearing Impairment


Location of Tumor

Symptoms may depend largely on where the tumor is located. Again, the symptoms will vary based on the tumor size, location and type. Here are examples of symptoms depending on where the tumor is located:

Tumor in the cerebellum.

The cerebrum control the muscle movements including speech and coordination. A tumor in the cerebellum may affect walking.

Tumor in the Brain Stem.

The brain stem controls life functions such as breathing, the heart beating and blood pressure. The most common symptoms of a brain stem tumor are nausea, vomiting, uncoordinated walking, facial weakness, and/or difficulty swallowing. Often time the symptoms will develop slowly over time.

Tumor in the Frontal Lobe.

The frontal lobe of the brain controls a person’s voluntary movement on the opposite side of their body. A tumor in the frontal lobe may affect intellectual development, behavior, and memory.

Tumor in the Occipital Lobe. An occipital lobe tumor would affect the way a person would understand images visually. Seizures and blindness are common symptoms along with the misunderstanding the meaning of words.

Tumor in the Parietal Lobe.

A tumor in the parietal lobe most likely would affect a person’s sensations, such as touch, pain, and pressure. Hearing might be affected along with speech. Seizures are common with tumors located in the parietal lobe.

Tumor in the Temporal lobe.

The temporal lobe of the brain affects a person’s understanding of sounds. Other symptoms include seizures, emotional difficulty, vision loss and memory loss.

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