The evaluation of a craniopharyngioma begins with a medical history and physical examination.
The physical exam may be normal in someone with a craniopharyngioma. Physical findings can suggest the specific location of the tumor in the brain.
Physical findings in someone with a craniopharyngioma may include:
- Weakness on one side of the body:
- Numbness on one side of the body:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty with balance
- Difficulty speaking
- Facial weakness:
- Facial drooping
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Vision changes:
The diagnosis of craniopharyngioma must be confirmed with testing.
Tests that may be used to evaluate craniopharyngioma include:
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