Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma Childhood Tumor is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms. Children with this rare brain may experience a range of signs and symptoms. In some cases, the children experience specific symptoms, while some do not share any noticeable symptoms or signs in other cases. Some of the common symptoms among children include an increase in the size of the head during infancy, enlarged head circumference and a tense and bulging fontanelle, seizures, convulsions or paresis being localized symptoms, sunset eyes, intracranial hypertension, numbness or weakness, loss of muscle control, abnormal sensations, vomiting, decreased or increased muscle tone, and paralysis.
Signs and Symptoms of Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma Childhood Tumor
Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma Childhood Tumor or DIG is a rare brain tumor found commonly in children. Children with this rare brain may experience a range of signs and symptoms. Sometimes a child with Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma, Childhood Tumor, will experience some or all of the below-mentioned symptoms. But there can also be cases where children may not experience any noticeable symptoms or signs 1. And at times, these symptoms may indicate some other disease condition and not that of any tumor growth.
The following are the common signs and symptoms experienced by children with Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma (DIG), Childhood Tumor:
- Increase in the size of the head or rapid skull growth during infancy.
- Enlarged head circumference and a tense and bulging fontanelle (an infant’s soft spot on the head).
- Localizing signs and symptoms like seizures, convulsions or paresis. Seizures are caused by changes in the brain’s electrical activities. These are sudden, mostly mild involuntary movements of the muscles.
- Sunset eye
- The desmoplastic infantile ganglioglioma tumor can also cause intracranial hypertension.
- Numbness, weakness.
- Feeling a loss of muscle control.
- Decreased or abnormal sensations
- Decreased or increased muscle tone
- Sometimes the tumor can cause paralysis, causing an inability to move part or whole of the body.
If your child is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, or any other unusual change, be sure to consult a doctor and communicate about the symptoms and doubts. The doctor will inquire about how long and how often your child has been experiencing these signs or symptoms. The doctor may also ask other vital questions to clarify your child’s disease condition. To detect brain tumours like Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma, Childhood Tumour, proper diagnosis is required, and it plays a crucial role in treating and curing the disease condition.
If upon diagnosis, a Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma Childhood Tumor is diagnosed, managing and relieving symptoms and side effects remain an important, inevitable part of active treatment 2. This can be called palliative or supportive care. This is started soon after the disease is diagnosed and is continued throughout the disease treatment. Patients or guardians are encouraged to openly talk to their child’s doctor or healthcare team regarding any sign or symptom or change they are experiencing, including any new signs or symptoms. This will help doctors or healthcare teams design the treatment plan as per the patient’s disease requirements.
- 1.Khubchandani S, Chitale A, Doshi P. Desmoplastic non-infantile ganglioglioma: A low-grade tumor, report of two patients. Neurol India. Published online 2009:796. doi:10.4103/0028-3886.59482
- 2.Mallucci C, Lellouch-Tubiana A, Salazar C, et al. The management of desmoplastic neuroepithelial tumours in childhood. Child’s Nerv Syst. Published online January 10, 2000:8-14. doi:10.1007/pl00007280