Increased pressure on the brain causes headache, nausea, vomiting (especially in the morning), and difficulty with balance. Damage to the pituitary gland causes hormone imbalances that can lead to excessive thirst and urination and stunted growth. When the optic nerve is damaged by the tumor, vision problems develop. These symptoms are often permanent, and may be worse after surgery to remove the tumor. Most patients have at least some visual defects and evidence of decreased hormone production at the time of diagnosis. Behavioral and learning problems may also be present.
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I underwent surgery for a craniopharyngioma last year. Although my cognitive symptoms are improved, I continue to suffer from hypersomnolence. Can you provide me with information? See answer