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World J Psychiatr. Sep 22, 2015; 5(3): 273-285
Published online Sep 22, 2015. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v5.i3.273
Psychiatric aspects of brain tumors: A review
Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, Mark Bryan Ting, Tara Farah, Umran Ugur
Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, Department of Psychiatry, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, United States
Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, United States
Mark Bryan Ting, Community Behavioral Health Center, Fresno, CA 93720, United States
Mark Bryan Ting, Bio-Behavioral Medical Clinics, Fresno, CA 93711, United States
Tara Farah, Medical Student IV, Medical University of Lublin, 20-059 Lublin, Poland
Umran Ugur, Medical Student IV, Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL 33027, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed to this paper.
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Correspondence to: Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, MD, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, United States.
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Received: May 6, 2015
Peer-review started: May 8, 2015
First decision: July 10, 2015
Revised: August 15, 2015
Accepted: September 7, 2015
Article in press: September 8, 2015
Published online: September 22, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Psychiatric symptoms may rarely be the only presentation of a brain tumor. Any type of psychiatric symptoms can occur with brain tumors. Unfortunately, the symptoms generally do not have any localizing value. New onset psychosis, mood or memory symptoms, occurrence of new or atypical symptoms, personality changes and anorexia without body dysmorphic symptoms, suggest a work up including neuroimaging. Early diagnosis is critical for improved quality of life for the patient.