Symptoms of Pediatric Brain Tumors

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Last Modified: September 18, 2013

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What are the symptoms of brain tumors in children?

Connie Didomenico, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in Neuro-Oncology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia responds:

Answer

Brain tumors in children can manifest in many different ways, depending on where the tumor is located. For example, brain tumors that block off the circulation of fluid in the brain can present with morning headaches and vomiting that improves later in the day. Some tumors but not all can present with seizures, these also depend upon where the tumor is located. If the tumor has spread to parts of the spine, signs of tumor in these areas would depend on where in the spine the tumor is and what that part of the spine is responsible for.