Choroid Plexus Brain Tumor | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of choroid plexus tumors?

of Brain tumors can cause a variety of symptoms in children depending on their size and location. Keep in mind that the symptoms of a brain tumor may resemble other more common conditions or medical problems. It is important to consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

Choroid plexus tumors symptoms are most often associated with increased pressure in the brain and can include:

  • headache, generally upon awakening in the morning
  • irritability, particularly in younger children who can’t express where they have pain 
  • increase in head size (seen in infants)
  • hydrocephalus – blockage of the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid; pressure can increase in the brain and the skull can enlarge
  • nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are often worse in the morning and improve throughout the day
  • lethargy
  • problems feeding or walking
  • enlarged fontanelles, which are the “soft spots” between the skull bones in infants

What causes choroid plexus tumors?

As a parent, you undoubtedly want to know what may have caused your child’s tumor. It’s important to understand that these and other brain tumors most often occur with no known cause. There’s nothing that you could have done or avoided doing that would have prevented the tumor from developing.

One rare genetic disease called Li-Fraumeni syndrome can be associated with choroid plexus tumors. If your child has a choroid plexus tumor their doctors will talk to you about genetic testing for Li-Fraumeni syndrome.