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Childhood Brain Tumors In Children
Variable: It depends on where in the brain it is. Early morning vomiting could be one. Depending on the area it is and the function or surrounding structures of the area will determine the symptoms. The brain in divided into different areas and the symptoms will relate to it. ...Read more
Childhood brain tumors are uncommon, and are considered orphan diseases. The primitive neuroectodermal tumor and astrocytoma are most common, although there are a number of varieties of types. As opposed to adult brain tumors, there is a higher incidence of these in the posterior fossa rather than supratentorially. These tumors require a ...Read more
Depends: There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more
Number of types: Childhood brain tumors are uncommon, and are considered orphan diseases. The primitive neuroectodermal tumor and astrocytoma are most common, although there are a number of varieties of types. As opposed to adult brain tumors, there is a higher incidence of these in the posterior fossa rather than supratentorially. These tumors require a multidisciplinary approach for management. ...Read more
There Are None: There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor. Alternative therapies, such as holisti, chiropractic do not cure at all. ...Read more
Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more
Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?
Brain tumor: Most common brain tumors in this age group are tumors of the posterior fossa which are medulloblastoma and cerebellar astrocytomas, also not uncommon are ependymomas. ...Read more
Would children tylenol (acetaminophen) get rid of brain tumor headache in toddler? If a tumor was present would more symptoms be present beside headache?
Please clarify: Looking at the bigger picture it appears you are concerned that a child may have a brain tumor. However, it would appear also from the question that there has not been a diagnosis made to this point of such a thing. The child simply has a headache. Is that correct? I see no downside to using pediatric tylenol (acetaminophen) preparations in this particular case. What else is going on to worry you for a tumor? ...Read more
Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
There are many different types of brain tumors that occur in the pediatric population, each with a different prognosis. Overall, greater than 70% of of childhood brain tumor patients are alive 5 years after their diagnosis. For more information, see
http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childbrain/healthprofessional/page1/allpages. ...Read more
High prolactin: It's a possibility but rare. Most slightly elevated prolactin levels in kids are due to stress of lab draw or lab error -- especially quest labs. Get lab repeated through labcorp sent to their reference lab in calif. Called esoterix. You may have to pay but you'll sleep better! ...Read more
Possibly: You need to see your doctor so he/she can provide the specific diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!
Depends on the type: There are dozens of different types of brain tumors, including benign and malignant types. If it is benign, and can be removed easily, then they are able to return to school without any problem, but it may take several weeks to months. If it is malignant, then the treatment is more intensive, and he may be delayed in returning to school. ...Read more
What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3 reaccuring in a child if the tumor was removed?
Can a child have headaches as only brain tumor symp? Hlthy 3yr old woke up with "headache" last 2 nights but isn't consistent if it really hurts or no
While brain: Tumor can have headache, it might not. I would have a doctor examine your child. Moe likely the child wakes and is afraid, wants to see you, and explains that his/her head hurts. What happens after the complaint? Up rest of the night? You sleep with/or bring to your bed? Check the serious, but do not panic. ...Read more
Not sure, but.....:
It is possible to miss a brain tumor, especially when contrast is not used. That is true in a baby, child or adult.
The tumor breaks down the blood/brain barrier and contrast passes this barrier around the site of the tumor. Some tumors exert enough mass effect on surrounding structures or generate brain swelling and can be detected without contrast. ...Read more
Had CT for poss brain tumor. Just gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby three months ago. Can this be possible? Wouldn't my child have had defects?
No relation: Women who have brain tumors and are pregnant are not at risk to transfer any abnormality from their brain tumor to their fetus. So a perfectly normal fetus can be delivered as a normal baby even from a woman with a brain tumor. Your question does not indicate if your ct showed a tumor or not. Discuss the results with your physicians. ...Read more
My child has been vomiting once a day, in mornings only. This has been going on for 5 days. There is no headache. The only other symptom is low grade fever of 99. I am fearful of brain tumor. Could it be?
As a child in the 80s, had a lot of dental fillings, etc. Was dental xray radiation high back then? Should I worry about risk of brain tumor from that?
Don't worry: You were probably exposed to more radiation when on vacation at the seashore or in the mountains than in the Dentist's office. Columnated beams, fast films, lead shielding, limited exposure, all were designed to protect you. There was very limited risk, and the trade-off was an exponential expansion of knowledge. No, Dental X-Rays didn't, t then, and do not now, cause brain tumors. ...Read more
Many: The symptoms are related to where in the brain the tumor lies and can include motor and sensory changes, cognition changes and seizures. But all of these can be related to other causes and should be diagnosed and treated by physicians familiar with these problems. ...Read more
Talking Dinosaur: How about some symptoms to comment on to see why you are thinking in terms of brain tumors which are likely as common as TALKING DINOSAURS? In the UK statistics suggest that tumors of the NERVOUS SYSTEM EN TODO (i.e. brain/spinal cord/etc) come out to about 90 cases PER YEAR or 7.5 cases/100, 000 population. Also, remember, not all tumors are malignant so TALKING DINOSAUR's the phrase of the day! ...Read more
Not common: The twenty three year old woman is beyond the pediatric stage but there are some tumors that are more common in younger women. These include a form of medulloblastoma that seems to have a better prognosis in this age group. The type of tumor is very important as it relates to outcome. Glioblastoma, luckily is rare in this age group and has a worse prognosis. ...Read more