Headache associated with intracranial neoplasms

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By Sarah Kirby MD

Headaches associated with intracranial neoplasms are common. In this clinical article, Dr. Sara Kirby of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada reviews the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of brain tumor-associated headaches are discussed. In addition, uncommon headache syndromes caused by brain tumors and headaches precipitated by the initial treatment of brain tumors as well as headaches occurring as late complications of brain tumor treatment are described. The approach to new headaches in patients with known malignancies and the treatment of brain tumor headache are briefly discussed.