Ganglioglioma Symptoms & Causes

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What causes a ganglioglioma? 

Children with certain genetic syndromes, including neurofibromatosis type I and tuberous sclerosis, are at higher risk of developing tumors of glial origin, including gangliogliomas. The vast majority of children with gangliogliomas, however, develop these tumors spontaneously, meaning there is no identifiable cause. 

What are the symptoms of a ganglioglioma? 

Due to the relative slow growth rate of gangliogliomas, children with these tumors tend to present to the doctor with symptoms that have been occurring for many months. Some children, however, will have a more sudden onset of symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms of a ganglioglioma, however each child may experience symptoms differently.

Common symptoms may include: 

  • increased pressure within the brain
  • headache (generally upon awakening in the morning)
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • seizures
  • weakness on one side of the body

The symptoms of a brain tumor may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

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