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Low-Grade Glioma Symptoms

Low-grade glioma is a type of brain cancer that forms from the brain itself. A low-grade glioma is classified as a World Health Organization grade 2 tumor and is the slowest-growing type of glioma in adults. If a low-grade glioma progresses to the point that it presses on surrounding healthy brain tissue, symptoms may develop. Low-grade glioma symptoms can vary from patient to patient based on where in the brain the tumor is located.


Seizures are the most common symptom of a low-grade glioma. The seizures can range in severity. Some seizures may be so mild that a person does not realize he or she is having one. Oftentimes, the only signs of a mild seizure are a brief, unexplained dizzy spell, unusual smells or a strange feeling in the stomach. Other people may have more severe seizures that cause uncontrollable shaking.

Other low-grade glioma symptoms

Additional low-grade glioma symptoms can affect speech, vision and motor functions. Common signs of a low-grade glioma include:

  • Headache
  • Personality changes
  • Difficulty walking
  • Imbalance
  • Physical weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • A restricted field of vision
  • Difficulty speaking

What to do if you have low-grade glioma symptoms

If you have symptoms of a low-grade glioma, promptly contact a physician who can evaluate your condition and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Moffitt Cancer Center is a high-volume cancer center, and the experts in our Neuro-Oncology Program regularly diagnose and treat patients with all forms of brain cancer, including low-grade gliomas. We offer a number of tests to provide our patients with an accurate diagnosis, and if a low-grade glioma is found, our multispecialty team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life. 

You do not need a referral to come to Moffitt. Call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment to discuss your low-grade glioma symptoms.