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Usually, if you have slowly developing symptoms you’ll see your GP, who will examine you.
If a brain tumour is suspected, they will refer you to a specialist doctor, either:
Sometimes people with brain tumours have a sudden seizure (fit) or sudden onset of problems associated with the position of the tumour. Then they may be taken straight to hospital, where tests are carried out to diagnose the tumour. Brain tumours are often treated in specialist centres, so you may have to travel to your nearest centre.
At the hospital, the doctor will ask you about your general health and any previous medical problems. You’ll then have a general physical examination. The doctor may listen to your chest and feel your tummy (abdomen) to check your general health, and you’ll have a detailed examination to test your nervous system. The examination of your nervous system may include:
You may have more tests| to help your doctors to plan your treatment.
Content last reviewed: 1 May 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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