What are common symptoms of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Jeffrey N Bruce, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert H Engelhard, III, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS  more...
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The clinical history of a patient with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is usually short (< 3 months in >50% of patients). Common presenting symptoms include the following:

  • Slowly progressive neurologic deficit, usually motor weakness

  • Headache

  • Generalized symptoms of increased intracranial pressure, including headaches, nausea and vomiting, and cognitive impairment

  • Seizures


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