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    How are brain tumours diagnosed?

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  • Dr. Aaron Albrecht works at Body Wise Chiropractic in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. The clinic is located within a gym, and Dr. Albrecht is the … View Profile

    Brain tumours come in a variety of forms, each with different patterns of symptoms. Diagnosis depends on several factors, starting with a full history. In taking the history, things like altered mental state, changes in motor control, altered sensation and new or different headaches are important to keep in mind.

    Physical assessment may include the checking of deep tendon reflexes, cranial nerve function (i.e. checking hearing, eye control, pupil accommodation, tongue movement, etc.). There may also be a component of checking specific regions of sensation (pin prick, light touch et.) and motor control (arm flexors, coordination of rapid alternating movement etc.).

    Once there is sufficient clinical suspicion of a tumour, imaging may be requested, MRI and CT imaging are the preferred modalities, and provide clear images of any masses or tissues that are not normally found in the cranium, or are not in their usual position.

    If you are concerned, it's better to consult a health professional about a particular case and be told it's nothing, than not go and find your problem too late.

    All the best.

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