What are the symptoms of pediatric brain tumors?

Each child experiences symptoms differently. The size and location of a tumor also affect symptoms. Among the most common symptoms are:

  • Increased pressure inside the skull, caused by extra tissue or fluid in the brain
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Personality changes
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Decreased heart and respiratory function
  • Seizures
  • Visual changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Uncoordinated muscle movements or walk

How are pediatric brain tumors diagnosed?

To diagnose and better analyze your child’s condition ― and help determine the best treatment ― your child’s doctor will complete a thorough medical history and order a number of tests. Depending on the type of brain tumor suspected, your child’s tests may include:

  • A neurological exam, testing reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination and alertness
  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • X-rays
  • An angiogram, using dye and X-rays to view the blood vessels in the brain
  • A myelogram, an X-ray of the spine that is similar to an angiogram
  • Lumbar puncture or spinal tap
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan, a nuclear medicine procedure that measures the metabolic activity of cells
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