Medulloblastoma | Symptoms & Causes

What are the syptoms of medulloblastoma?

Brain tumors can cause a variety of symptoms in children based on their age and the location of the tumor. Keep in mind that medulloblastoma symptoms may resemble other more common conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

While your child may experience symptoms differently, common medulloblastoma symptoms include:

  • headache (generally upon awakening in the morning)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • imbalance and lack of coordination
  • problems with motor skills (such as writing)
  • neck tilt or double vision
  • changes in personality or behavior
  • seizures

Rarely, medulloblastoma can spread into the central nervous system or the spinal canal, and your child may experience:

  • loss of strength in the lower extremities
  • back pain
  • bowl and bladder control issues
  • difficulty walking

What causes medulloblastoma?

In most cases, the cause of medulloblastoma is not known. In some cases, medulloblastoma is associated with certain inherited diseases, including:

It’s important to understand that these and other brain tumors most often occur with no known cause. There’s nothing that could have been done or avoided that would have prevented the tumor from developing.