Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pineal Tumor Evaluation

An evaluation of a pineal tumor will begin with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a pineal tumor may include:

  • Vision changes:
    • Double vision
    • Inability to look downward
    • Inability to look upward
    • Pupil dilation
    • Unequal sized pupils
    • Paralysis of one or both pupils
  • Nystagmus:
    • Involuntary movements of both eyes

Testing is required to make the diagnosis of a pineal tumor.

Tests that may be used to evaluate pineal tumor include:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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