Symptoms of Oligodendrogliomas

Symptoms of an oligodendroglioma brain tumor depend on where in the brain the tumor is located. Many oligodendrogliomas appear in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.

If a brain tumor is located in the frontal lobe, symptoms may include gradual changes in mood and personality, impaired judgment, seizures, and weakness or numbness in muscles on one side of the body.

If an oligodendroglioma is in the temporal lobe, the tumor may lead to language difficulties, both speaking and understanding, as well as memory problems and seizures.

Common symptoms of an oligodendroglioma are:

  • Altered sensations (strange smells, hallucinations relating to sense of smell)
  • Changes in personality
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches not alleviated by painkillers, worse in the morning, may cause nausea/vomiting
  • Muscular weakness on one side of body and loss of control of body movements
  • Nausea
  • Seizures (most individuals with this type of brain tumor experience seizures)

Visual loss (altered vision or visual hallucinations)

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Reviewed by Rohan Ramakrishna, MD
Last reviewed/last updated: December 2020

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