A tumor is a group of abnormal cells that form a mass and can cause innumerable problems in the affected area. A tumor located in the brain takes up space in the skull and can disrupt normal brain activity. Because of the complexity of the human brain (see brain anatomy), any number of bodily functions may be affected. The tumor's location within the brain determines the type of symptoms that may occur.
Symptoms can range from persistent headaches to a stroke. Often a brain tumor may present symptoms that appear more like a neurological disorder or other medical condition. Because of this, a doctor who is not thoroughly examining a patient and considering all of the medical evidence and possibilities may misdiagnose a brain tumor.
Tumors can grow rapidly and may quickly progress to the point that they are beyond control, and prompt diagnosis is crucial for treatment and recovery. Diagnosis typically involves several steps, including a neurological examination, brain scans (i.e. MRI, CT or PET scan) and/or biopsies.
If you suspect that you may have a brain tumor, you must be persistent with your healthcare professionals to obtain thorough examination. If you have been misdiagnosed, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damage and loss caused by your doctor's error.
If a member of your family has died because of a medical misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to payment for the wrongful death of your loved one.
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