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Old 01-29-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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Benign Brain Tumor?

Dear Dr.

I need some assistance regarding medical advice given to my friend. We live in Kenya. My friend, mid-30's male, who is overall a healthy person, was recently diagnosed with a benign brain tumor identified through a CT scan. The scan was prompted by symptoms that my friend had for a number of years but more recently became more intensified and frequent: dizzy-spells/blackouts for a few minutes, numbness in the arms, blurred vision, headaches. An initial scan was done in 2006 which showed "something" that the neurologist at that time suggested waiting and re-taking to verify as opposed to it being a flaw in the scan itself. My friend was not aggressive in seeking this out. A few weeks ago, the onset of symptoms caused him to seed medical attention which a repeat scan was done revaling a tumor (not a clot, they said it is definitely a tumor) in the center of the brain, that is "highly benign" and will probably resolve on its own.

So my questions are as follows

1. Can you diagnose a tumor as benign without any biopsy? 2. Is it at all possible for a benign tumor to just go away/dissolve without surgical removal?

I want to know how best to support my friend and if these are the diagnosis/recommendations of a qualified dr or if we need to seek alternative opinions

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Old 01-29-2010, 06:06 AM   #2
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Re: Benign Brain Tumor?

6 years ago, my husband had a benign brain tumor - it acutal name was coloid cyst of the third ventricle - this was located towards the back of the head.
He also had symptoms for many years, that finally got worse. When he had the CT scan, they did say that it was most likely benign - but it had to come out. He had the surgery, and now he get's regular MRI's - because he was told this can come back. He was never told it would resolve on it's own - but I'm also not saying that you friend has the same tumor as my husband - just that I think they can sometimes tell by looking, that it has an appearance of being benign - but a biopsy should still be done to confirm.


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