Signs & Symptoms of Primary Brain Tumors

Different parts of the brain affect different functions in the body, such as movement, vision, and speech. Since there’s limited space within the skull, signs and symptoms of a brain tumor typically develop when abnormal tissue expands and destroys or pushes on healthy brain tissue, the tissue around the tumor swells, or the tumor interferes with the normal flow of fluid around your brain and spinal cord.

Signs and symptoms often relate to where in the brain the tumor has developed. Seizures, for example, are common in people with brain tumors, even after they’ve been treated. Depending on where your tumor is located, it can cause temporary problems in consciousness, movement, or speech.

Other symptoms can include:

  • headaches
  • speech problems
  • physical weakness, often on one side of the body
  • imbalance or difficulty walking
  • impaired vision or a restricted field of vision

Keep in mind that symptoms of a brain tumor often resemble those caused by other diseases. If you experience these symptoms and have concerns, speak with your doctor.