Astrocytoma | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of an astrocytoma?

As an astrocytoma grows, it presses on surrounding healthy parts of the brain, affecting their function. As such, the symptoms of a pediatric astrocytoma depend on the tumor's size and where in the brain it is located.

Some of the most common symptoms of a pediatric astrocytoma include:

  • headache, particularly in the morning or made better by vomiting
  • severe or frequent vomiting without other signs of gastrointestinal illness
  • vision problems, such as double vision, blurry vision or loss of vision
  • difficulty walking or balancing
  • seizures
  • weight gain or loss
  • premature puberty
  • clumsiness
  • confusion
  • sleepiness
  • changes in behavior

What causes an astrocytoma?

The exact cause of most astrocytomas is not known, but certain factors, such as genetic and immunologic abnormalities, environmental factors , diet or stress may contribute.