Your brain controls everything that keeps your body functioning, including breathing, memory, thought, vision, and motor function. So, unusual growths forming on your brain may interfere with these functions and begin to display different symptoms. Your complex spine & complex brain neurosurgeon Marina Del Rey may recommend brain surgery to eliminate brain tumors as much as possible and relieve accompanying symptoms of brain tumors. Some brain tumors can grow slowly, while others may develop quickly and cause aggressive symptoms. The following article will discuss the different types of brain tumors that may need brain surgery.
Your brain has membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord, known as meninges. A tumor may arise from your meninges and result in meningioma, which will compress your brain, vessels, and nerves. Most, the tumor develops slowly and may not cause any symptoms and may not require immediate treatment. However, when you begin to show symptoms, they will include blurred vision, headaches that worsen in the morning, memory loss, seizures, and language difficulty.
Acoustic neuroma usually develops slowly on your vestibular nerve from the inner ear to your brain, directly influencing your hearing and balance. Symptoms of acoustic neuroma may develop over time and therefore take a long time to notice. However, as it grows, you may experience severe signs and symptoms, including loss of hearing, unsteadiness, dizziness, and ringing in your ears.
Your pituitary gland can develop unusual growths, known as pituitary tumors, that make your gland produce too much of certain hormones. Your glands may also produce less of those hormones because of pituitary tumors. Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous and grow slowly without spreading to other parts of your body. Your symptoms may be from tumor pressure and cause headaches, seizures, and eye problems. At the same time, symptoms from hormonal changes may cause weakness, weight changes, and sexual problems. You may need surgery if your pituitary tumors are causing symptoms from tumor pressure and hormonal changes.
Glioblastoma usually begins as a growth of cells in your brain and quickly develops while destroying healthy tissue. Mostly, it develops in older adults but can happen at any age, causing symptoms including worsening headaches, double vision, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. After a neurologic exam and diagnostic imaging tests, your doctor may recommend brain surgery to remove the tumor as much as possible.
Astrocytoma begins in the astrocyte cells that support your brain’s nerve cells. You may develop a slow-growing astrocytoma or an aggressive form of the tumor, which will then cause seizures, nausea, and persistent headaches. Your signs and symptoms may vary depending on the location of the astrocytoma. Surgery can remove astrocytoma to eliminate cancer, thus reducing your signs and symptoms.
Generally, brain tumors develop from the brain or may begin from other surrounding areas and extend to your brain. You will experience symptoms depending on the aggressiveness of your brain tumor. Common symptoms of brain tumors include headaches, blurred vision, instability, and seizures, among other symptoms. After a neurologic exam, your doctor will determine if you are eligible for brain surgery to relieve your symptoms. Brain surgery will eliminate the tumor as much as possible, and the slightest removal will reduce your signs and symptoms as you continue recovery.