Hemangiopericytoma Symptoms & Causes

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What causes hemangiopericytoma?

We don’t know exactly, but studies have indicated that genetic alterations may play a role in the formation of all soft-tissue sarcomas (tumors). In addition, limited studies have shown a possible link between soft-tissue sarcomas and the development of other types of cancer.

What are the symptoms of hemangiopericytoma?

Because hemangiopericytoma affects tissue that is elastic and easily moved, a tumor may exist for a long time before being discovered, growing large and pushing aside surrounding tissue.

Each child may experience symptoms differently. The symptoms can vary greatly depending on size, location and spread of the tumor. Here’s a list of some of the symptoms your child may be experiencing:

  • a painless swelling or lump
  • pain or soreness
  • limping or other difficulty using her legs or feet
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

The symptoms can be different in tumors that affect the lungs:

  • cough (with or without blood)
  • pain
  • night sweats
  • difficulty breathing
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