What is the relationship between headaches and brain tumors?

Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgery
Headaches can be associated with brain tumors. Occasionally, large brain tumors can have no symptoms and no headaches. Conversely, based on location, certain small brain tumors can have significant symptoms and also cause headaches. The relationship between headache and brain tumors is quite variable.
Many people suffer from migraines or chronic headaches that are debilitating, but they are not usually caused by brain tumors.
Nonetheless, there are some headaches that should cause concern. They may come on suddenly and be uncharacteristic of typical headaches.
Symptoms of headaches that could be linked to tumors include memory loss, dizziness, loss of balance, visual loss or difficulty with language. A family history of brain tumors should also be considered.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While chronic headaches are debilitating, they are not usually caused by brain tumors. However there are some types of headaches that are particularly worrisome. The brain is contained in the skull, so when tumors invade there is no place for the brain to expand. The tumor impinges on the tissue and fluid inside of the brain is unable to drain naturally. The Brain Cancer Tipoff: Chronic early morning headache, or one that wakes you from sleep, that is also associated with nausea, vomiting, changes in sensation, vision, speech or balance, can be a sign of a brain tumor.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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