Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Brain Stem Glioma

Executive Summary

The signs and symptoms help in the diagnosis of any particular disease (Brain Stem Glioma). The cancer signs entirely depend upon the tumor’s location, tumor size and metastasis, and the child’s age and stage of development. The common symptoms of childhood brainstem glioma include double vision, difficulty in talking, difficulty in swallowing and chewing food, drooping of the face, weakness in arms and legs, clumsiness, headache, vomiting, unusual sleepiness, loss of balance and trouble in walking, changes in energy level, behavioral changes, and difficulty in learning at school.

Signs of this Cancer can depend on the following reasons :

  • Location of the tumor 
  • tumor size and metastasis
  • The child’s age and stage of development.
Symptoms of Brain Stem Glioma

Symptoms of Brain Stem Glioma- Childhood

Children with brain stem gliomas can experience the following Symptoms of Brain Stem Glioma ​1​:

  • Double Vision or can’t close the eyelid.
  • Difficulty in talking
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing food
  • Drooping of the face
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Clumsiness or wobbliness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking
  • Change in energy level
  • Change in behavior
  • Trouble learning at school

Sometimes, children with brain stem gliomas may not experience these Symptoms of Brain Stem Gliomas necessarily ​2​

If the child experiences any of these changes, make sure to consult the doctor. 

Also Read: Can Regular Exercise Prevent Cancer Symptoms?

References

  1. 1.
    Ciobanu A, Miron I, Tansanu I. [Features of brain stem tumors in children]. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2012;116(1):56-61. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23077873
  2. 2.
    Ramos A, Hilario A, Lagares A, Salvador E, Perez-Nuñez A, Sepulveda J. Brainstem Gliomas. Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI. Published online April 2013:104-112. doi:10.1053/j.sult.2013.01.001