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How are brain lesions treated?

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Treatment depends on the type of brain lesion. Common approaches include:  

  • "Wait and see" if the lesion is not causing problems and is not growing 
  • Surgery to remove the lesion  
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancerous lesions  
  • Medication to fight infections, such as antibiotics or other antimicrobial drugs
  • Medication to calm the immune system or change the immune system's response  
  • Medication or other therapies to relieve symptoms caused by the brain lesion 
     

SOURCES:

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: "Abscess;" "Infarct;" "Lesion;" and "Tumor."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics."

eMedicineHealth: "Multiple Sclerosis (MS) FAQs;" "The Central Nervous System and Multiple Sclerosis--Causes;" "Brain Abscess;" "Alzheimer Disease;" "Arteriovenous Malformations;" "Stroke, Ischemic;" "Cerebral Palsy;" and "Brain Metastasis."

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise. "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment (PDQ®) - Classification)."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on September 14, 2020

SOURCES:

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: "Abscess;" "Infarct;" "Lesion;" and "Tumor."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics."

eMedicineHealth: "Multiple Sclerosis (MS) FAQs;" "The Central Nervous System and Multiple Sclerosis--Causes;" "Brain Abscess;" "Alzheimer Disease;" "Arteriovenous Malformations;" "Stroke, Ischemic;" "Cerebral Palsy;" and "Brain Metastasis."

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise. "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment (PDQ®) - Classification)."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on September 14, 2020

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