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Brain tumor misdiagnosed as a stroke

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  • Posted By: jaimers
  • December 3, 2008
  • 03:01 AM

I will try to keep this as short as possible. My mother went in June because she was having speech problems. She had an MRI and was diagnosed with a stroke. She was put on Keppra, and sent to speech therapy.

When her speech worsened, and she lost her sense of taste, the doctor decreased her dosage of the Keppra.

When she began dragging her leg, she went for a 2nd MRI. There was a 3" tumor on her left frontal lobe. Upon reviewing the 1st MRI from June, there was clearly a bright white grape sized form. It had grown rapidly into a huge tumor.

She had the malignant tumor removed Nov 19th. She is recovering at home and slowly getting better.

My questions are..."Can a tumor the size of a grape be misdiagnosed as a stroke?" "Don't stroke patients generally get better or stay the same - not get worse?" "Should the doctor have recognized that her worsening condition could be signs of a tumor?"

There are a lot more little things that make me suspicious, but I'd be here all night. Thanks for reading.

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