Testing & Diagnosis for Choroid Plexus Brain Tumor in Children

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Contact the Brain Tumor Center

The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis, so your child’s physician may order a number of different tests. In addition to a medical history and physical and neurological exam (which tests reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movements, coordination and alertness), your child’s doctor may request tests including:

  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of the brain and spine.
  • lumbar puncture (spinal tap) – To remove a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal, the area around the spinal cord. CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The sample is sent for testing to determine if any tumor cells have started to spread. For children, this procedure is safely performed under sedation, and is less difficult and less painful than placing an intravenous (IV) catheter. 

After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then, we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and the best treatment options for choroid plexus tumors.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944