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Pediatric Brain Tumor Symptoms

Common symptoms of a pediatric brain tumor include headaches, problems with balance or walking, and muscle jerking or twitching. Whether these symptoms occur will depend on the size of the tumor, its type, and location. If you think your child is showing potential signs or symptoms, see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, since other conditions can also cause these symptoms.

An Overview of Pediatric Brain Tumor Symptoms

If a child has a brain tumor, the symptoms will depend on the tumor size, type, and location. These symptoms can be caused when a tumor presses on a nerve or damages a certain area of the brain. Swelling of the brain or a buildup of fluid within the skull can also cause symptoms of a pediatric brain tumor.

Early Signs and Symptoms of a Pediatric Brain Tumor

Early pediatric brain tumor symptoms can be vague or dramatic, depending on the size, type, and location of the brain tumor. If symptoms are vague, it is not uncommon for a child to have his or her condition diagnosed as migraines, school phobia, anorexia, or other common problems. However, eventually, all pediatric brain tumor symptoms will become worse. As the tumor grows, it will cause increased pressure on the brain, because the space inside the skull is limited.

Common Brain Tumor Symptoms in Children

Common symptoms of a pediatric brain tumor include:
  • Headaches (that are usually worse in the morning)
  • Problems with balancing or walking
  • Muscle jerking or twitching (seizures or convulsions)
  • Changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Changes in speech, vision, or hearing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems with memory.
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