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  • Question: My wife has a brain tumor and was treated for it with radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This shrank it, and it remained stable for 5 years, then last year it came back. They operated on her head and removed as much as they could; they then placed chemo flakes in her head, and are now treating her with chemo. After the operation, it left her weak down her left side, and she had to learn to walk again. Everything was fine up until 3 weeks ago, and now she has become weak again, and struggles to walk again. We contacted the doctor, who checked her platelets. He told us they were very low, 71, and has given her steriods. My question to you is...... could the platelets make her that weak down her left side, or is it something else.
  • Answer:05/10/2012
    Changes in steroid levels can do this as can swelling for any reason, bleeding into the tumor space, dead tissue (necrosis), or even recurrent tumor. See Paul M. Zeltzer MD Co-Director WholeChildLA Pain Program Clinical Professor in Neurosurgery David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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