Ependymoma - Childhood: Symptoms and Signs

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Children with ependymoma may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, a child with ependymoma does not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom may be a different medical condition that is not a tumor.

  • Headaches

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Changes in vision, such as blurriness

  • Difficulty with walking or balance

  • Jerky eye movements

  • Neck pain

  • Reaching childhood developmental milestones more slowly than expected

  • Seizures/convulsions, which are sudden involuntary movements of a person’s muscles

If you are concerned about any changes your child experiences, please talk with your child’s doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often your child has been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help figure out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.

If a brain tumor is diagnosed, relieving symptoms remains an important part of care and treatment. This may be called palliative care or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your child’s health care team about the symptoms your child experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.

The next section in this guide is Diagnosis. It explains what tests may be needed to learn more about the cause of the symptoms. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.