Brain tumors develop from the growth of abnormal cells in the brain or spine. The brain tumors we see in children and adults do not act the same. This means that patients under the age of 19 need to see a pediatrician who specializes in treating brain tumors.
There are more than 120 subtypes of pediatric brain tumors. Each of these types requires a distinct diagnostic and treatment approach. Brain tumors are generally classified as either “benign” or “malignant”. Because of the delicate nature of the central nervous system, even tumors classified as benign are serious and require experienced care.
Most children present with a number of symptoms before diagnosis. Symptoms can be very different from child to child. Common brain tumor symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulties with vision, hearing, or speech
- Loss of balance or trouble walking
- Changes in personality or mood
- Increased head size in babies
To diagnose a brain tumor, your doctor may conduct a neurological exam and order imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) or positron emission tomography (PET). A biopsy may also be performed for further diagnosis and treatment planning.
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If your child is experiencing the symptoms above, request an appointment today or call (321) 841-8558.