Anaplastic Astrocytomas | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of anaplastic astrocytoma?

Symptoms depend on the type of white blood cell disorder a child has. Common symptoms when white blood cells are too few or don’t function properly include:

  • frequent infections, most often in the lungs, ears or sinuses
  • skin abscesses
  • mouth sores
  • invasive fungal infections
  • severe tooth and gum (periodontal) disease

Certain conditions can have unique symptoms, such as:

What causes anaplastic astrocytoma?

Most anaplastic astrocytomas and high-grade gliomas occur sporadically or without identifiable cause. They do, however, occur with increased frequency in families with the following conditions.

Anaplastic astrocytomas have also been associated with exposure to vinyl chloride and to high doses of radiation therapy to the brain.