Malignant Astrocytoma Evaluation
The evaluation of an astrocytoma begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Some people with astrocytomas have normal physical examinations. Others may have physical findings that identify the specific location of the tumor in the brain.
Physical findings in those with astrocytoma 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 an astrocytoma must be confirmed with testing.
Tests for astrocytoma may include:
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