Brain tumor causes month-long bout of belching 打嗝月餘停不了 腦部長腫瘤

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 - Page 11

After continuously burping for over a month, one twentysomething female assumed she was having gastrointestinal problems. Her condition, however, did not get better after seeing a doctor and taking medicine, and she began experiencing dizziness, nausea and a loss of balance when walking. A CT scan showed that a brain tumor was putting pressure on her brain stem. She is now able to walk slowly after having the tumor surgically removed and going through rehabilitation.

Chen Jin-cherng, vice superintendent of Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital’s Dalin Branch and an attending physician of neurosurgery there, says that the woman’s tumor had grown in the fourth ventricle of the posterior cranial fossa, directly pressing upon the brain stem, which caused the belching and other symptoms.

The woman’s physical condition was originally good, but then she started burping all the time, which did not get any better after seeing a gastroenterologist and taking drugs. Her mother originally thought it was caused by overworking, and made a tonic supplement for her, but after belching for over a month, her symptoms were getting worse, causing her to choke when she drank water, as well as dizziness, nausea, lack of physical strength and walking with a wobble.

A CT scan showed that a 3cm-long tumor had grown on her brain stem. Chen removed the tumor by performing brain surgery on the woman. Afterwards she regained consciousness in the intensive care unit, took out the breathing tubes and rehabilitation was arranged.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)