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Children with ependymoma may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, children with ependymoma do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be cause by a medical condition that is not a tumor. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk to your child’s doctor.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in vision, such as blurriness
- Difficulty with walking or balance
- Swelling of the nerve at the back of the eye
- Jerky eye movements
- Neck pain
Your child’s doctor will ask you questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis. This may include how long he or she has been experiencing the symptom(s) and how often.
If a tumor is diagnosed, relieving symptoms and side effects remains an important part of care and treatment. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your child’s health care team about symptoms your child experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.