Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Brain Tumor Evaluation

The evaluation of a brain tumor begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Some brain tumor patients have no findings on physical examination. In others, physical findings can suggest the specific location of the tumor in the brain.

Physical findings in those with a brain tumor may include:

The diagnosis of a brain tumor must be confirmed with testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a brain tumor include:

Brain Tumor Brain Biopsy

During a brain biopsy, a neurosurgeon removes a small sample of brain tissue through a small hole in the skull. The tissue will then be examined under a microscope, in order to determine the type of cells causing the tumor.

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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