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I've had migraines but maybe only 1-4 a year. I was having some numbness and tingling a couple of years ago with my migraines. My primary sent me to a neurologist. He ordered a mri. An 8mm lesion was found on my left cerebellum. An mri with contrast was done and nothing enhanced. my neurologist said highly unlikely it is a tumor. Did not contrast nor did it look anything characteristic of a tumor. I have not had any symptoms in 5 years. No numbness or tingling. What are the other possible options? Could it be a harmless lesion ...is that even possible? Could it be a tumor even though I haven't had any symptoms in 5 years?Radiology report reads...9mm white matter lesion shows no contrast enhancement. No mass effect of edema. No other lesions seen. Could represent dymelination process such as multiple sclerosis, inflammation, infection or least likely nonenhancing neoplastic process.
Other than the occasional migraine in the last 5 years I have had no symptoms. I had no seizures no consistent headaches or pressure. Could this be a tumor? Or is it unlikely without symptoms after 5 years? What else could it be?
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I am only a patient, but if you look up in dr Google (or the dr search engine of your choice), you will see that white matter lesions have a look on imaging that is different than other things, and that the cause runs from rather not so worrying things so the truly horrible. So the doctor (a real one) has to do an exam, history etc, and determine where is cause falls on that spectrum.

As a fellow patient, I would want a follow up in a year to make sure there are no changes. If there are changes, then the doctor should take some action on testing, if not, be glad you are stable!

But certainly ask... Post back... I just found out I have cancer so my replies are going to be delayed a lot.
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Do you really think it wouldn't be a tumor? Even though the radiologist listed one of the options as "less likely non enhancing neoplastic process".....I have an appointment with my neurologist in a month. Just freaked out that I never followed up with anything
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Ah it is a single white matter lesion. It is not a tumor. It can be related to migraines or can be related to say, high bp etc.  it is sadly a non-specific finding.

I would however ask to get a follow up in a year or two to see if you get more.
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