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.

  • neurofibromatosis type I
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer
  • tuberous sclerosis

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