What is Childhood Ependymoma? (Definition)
Childhood Ependymoma (Pediatric Ependymoma) is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. Ependymomas can form anywhere in the fluid-filled ventricles and passageways in the brain and spinal cord. Most ependymomas form in the fourth ventricle and affect the cerebellum and the brain stem.
According to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, ependymomas account for 6-12% of brain tumors in children less than 18 years of age, but 30% of brain tumors in children less than 3 years of age.
Ependymoma causes a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms depend on the location of the cancer. If your child has an ependymoma, the following general symptoms may be present:
- Unsteady gait (walking)
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