Please go and read this article! This is so very awesome! the leaps and bounds in brain surgery are just astounding! These miracles make my life a little easier to live. Every time I discover that some incredibly clever boffin has found another way to fix brains, I can hope a little more that one day they might be able to fix mine. In the meantime there are bunches of people all over the world (mostly the US and the UK who are regaining their lives and getting better everyday and that just makes me so very very happy!
I have also found a forum full of amazing information about this little bugger in my head. There isn't a lot about, they count for 0.5- 1% of primary brain tumours, occurring in approximately three individuals per million per year. Not very many people across the planet when you think about it.
"Clinical symptoms may be intermittent, self-resolving, and nonspecific. Headache occurs in 68–100% of patients and is often the presenting symptom. The most common symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting, papilledema, and diplopia. Other symptoms include progressive dementia, drop attacks, and spells of transient loss of consciousness. Some result in acute onset of hydrocephalus and may lead to sudden death."
Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? This is why I get so damn happy about advances in brain surgery.