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i have ocd, so i have a lot of irrational thoughts. but i

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i have ocd, so i have a lot of irrational thoughts. but i want to ask about something that i experienced a few years ago. while withdrawing from benzos and alcohol i had a seizure. does going through this experience increase my chances of getting a brain tumor?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrOAB replied 7 years ago.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk factors for a brain tumor include the following: (1) race (except for meningioma tumors, which occur most frequently in blacks, brain tumors occur more frequently in whites than in other races); (2) age (risk of a brain tumor increases with age); (3) exposure to ionizing radiation (includes radiation therapy for cancer treatment and atomic bomb radiation exposure, but no clear proof for power line electromagnetic fields or radiofrequency radiation from cell phones and microwave ovens); (4) chemical exposure (for example, chemicals used in certain industries); (5) family history of brain tumors (inherited genetic tendencies).


Although the presence of a brain tumor can increase one's chances of experiencing a seizure, there is no definite proof of the reverse -- that is, your withdrawal-induced seizure (simply described as an abnormal but temporary alteration of brain electrochemical activity) does NOT place you at higher risk for developing a brain tumor.

Edited by DrOAB on 6/1/2010 at 4:11 AM EST
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