Cervico medullary astrocytoma
What causes cervico-medullary low-grade glioma?
The vast majority of children with cervico-medullary low-grade gliomas develop these tumors spontaneously, meaning that there is no identifiable cause.
If your child has certain genetic syndromes, including neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis, she may be at higher risk of developing tumors of glial origin, including cervico-medullary low-grade gliomas.
What are the symptoms of cervico-medullary low-grade gliomas?
Due to the relative slow growth rate of cervico-medullary low-grade gliomas, your child’s symptoms may have been occurring for many months when she sees the doctor or she may have a more sudden onset of symptoms. While each child may experience symptoms differently, some of the most common include:
- symptoms caused by increased pressure within the brain, including:
- neck discomfort and difficulty moving some of all of the limbs of her body
The symptoms of a brain tumor may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.