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Hemangioblastoma Overview

Another name for Hemangioblastoma is Vascular Brain Tumors.

What are vascular brain tumors?
A person with a vascular brain tumor has an abnormal growth of blood vessels that form a benign tumor in the brain. Benign tumors are abnormal growths of cells that have formed a mass. Some benign tumors can interfere with the function of the brain. However, benign tumors are not cancerous, because they do not spread to other areas of the body. The cause of vascular brain tumors is unknown. Vascular brain tumors account for less than 1 percent of brain tumors.

What are the symptoms of vascular brain tumors?
Symptoms of vascular brain tumors depend on the location of the tumor in the brain. Initial symptoms include headache, nausea and vomiting. Additional symptoms of vascular brain tumors may include dizziness, memory loss, a change in vision, difficulty walking, and confusion.

How does the doctor treat vascular brain tumors?
Treatment for vascular brain tumors includes surgery and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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