Q. My father passed away ten years ago from a brain tumor. He also had a lot of migraine headaches. I was wondering if either brain tumors or migraines are hereditary. Both my aunt and I suffer from migraines. I have been given two types of medications that don’t work. Continue Reading
By A. David Rothner, M.D.
Director of the Pediatric Headache Clinic and Director Emeritus of Child Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio
Welcome to Kids Korner—a new column in which healthcare providers, patients and families can exchange information regarding headaches in children and adolescents. We have assembled a panel of experts who will be sharing information about headache types that affect children, including evaluation, diagnostic testing and treatment. We also hope to hear from parents discussing their children’ problems, children describing their own problems, and others who have information that they feel would be helpful. Please email us at NHF1970@headaches.org with your questions and comments and put Kids Korner in the subject line.
For this first column, I’d like to briefly answer some of the most common questions asked about kids’ headaches: Continue Reading
Rarely is a brain tumor the cause of headache. Headache can be either a late or early symptom of a brain tumor, depending on the location of the tumor. A constant, progressively increasing pain or a change in the character of headache pain may alert the physician to this occurrence. Sometimes a worsening of an old headache type signals the presence of a brain tumor. Most brain tumors are accompanied by neurological signs and symptoms such as seizures, personality change or weakness as well as headache.
Any type of exertional headache, i.e., a headache that develops after running, coughing, sneezing, bowel movement, etc., should be investigated to make sure there’s no tumor in the brain.