Symptoms and Signs of Childhood Ependymoma (Brain Cancer)

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Childhood Ependymoma (Brain Cancer)

Childhood ependymoma is a type of cancer that occurs when cells in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord start to grow abnormally. There are different types of ependymomas which can form anywhere in the fluid -filled ventricles and passageways in the brain and spinal cord. Once an ependymoma forms, areas of the brain that may be affected include the cerebellum, the brain stem, the cerebrum, and the spinal cord.

Symptoms of childhood ependymoma depend on the child's age and where the tumor has formed and may include frequent headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting, neck pain or stiffness, loss of balance or trouble walking, weakness in the legs, blurred vision, back pain, changes in bowel function, difficulty urinating, confusion, or irritability.

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.