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Signs and Symptoms of a Pediatric Brain Tumor

Symptoms of a pediatric brain tumor can be different depending on the tumor type, location, and other related factors.

Common signs and symptoms

The symptoms of a pediatric brain tumor can vary depending on the location and size of the tumor.  Additionally, the exact symptoms can change from child to child.  Some symptoms and warning signs include:

  • headache
  • seizures
  • drowsiness
  • impaired speech
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • impaired vision
  • sudden vomiting
  • poor coordination
  • behavioral changes
  • weakness in a limb or on one side of the body
  • difficulty with balance
  • tingling or weakness in the arms or legs
  • an increase in head size in infants

Some children may ignore or not recognize the symptoms, and other children may be too young to communicate that something is wrong.  The symptoms above could be a sign of another health condition, but if you notice a persistent symptom or a combination of symptoms that are concerning, contact your child’s doctor immediately.

If your child has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, we’re here to help. We've partnered with medical experts and families to develop a resource notebook with practical tools and resources to help you stay informed and organized along the way.


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