BENIGN BRAIN TUMORS
Benign tumors are harmless growth located in the brain. A tumor is the result of abnormal cell division and follows abnormal growth pattern. It is called benign because the cells in the tumor do not have the characteristic of a cancer cell. This type of tumor grows and develops slowly, does not invade surrounding tissues and does not spread. Most importantly tumors this type rarely develops into cancerous tumors. It can be surgically removed and does not reoccur. There is no exact cause of the development of benign tumors, but experts believed that family history, exposure to radiation or chemicals can be risk factors.
The sign and symptoms of brain tumors are not specific; in fact, it has the same symptoms as other diseases. However, the following are mostly seen in individuals with a brain tumor.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Facial paralysis
- Sense of smell is affected
- Vision problems
- Problems in hearing
- Balance problems
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Uncontrollable muscle jerking
- Numbness in extremities
There are several types of brain tumors and it is called according to the location where they developed.
Meningioma – the growth is located in the membranes covering and protecting the brain and spinal cord.
Schwannoma or acoustic neuroma-the tumor is located in the cranial nerve from the Schwann cells.
Pituitary Adenomas – the growth is located in the pituitary gland
Hemangioblastomas – the tumor is located in the vascular tissue mass and occasionally cystic
Craniopharyngioma – common I children, the cystic tumor is located in the cell remnants of Rathke’s pouch or the nasopharynx
Choroid plexus papilloma – the choroid plexus is where the CSF or cerebrospinal fluid is produced. When a tumor develops in its tissues it will block the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.
The treatment of benign brain tumors is pretty much the same with other brain tumors except chemotherapy. Considerations such as age, the location of the tumor, its size and the patient’s health conditions are important before a craniotomy or brain surgery is performed.
If you think you are suffering from Benign Brain Tumors you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Benign Brain Tumors as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).