Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Symptoms
Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas are usually highly aggressive (rapidly growing) in a somewhat small area controlling a lot of different functions of the body, thus most children will have a relatively short duration (median 1 month) of symptoms prior to diagnosis.
Individual children with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas may experience symptoms differently. Common symptoms may include:
- speech problems (dysarthria)
- swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
- abnormal eye movements (nystagmus)
- an eye that is turned inward (6th nerve palsy)
- double vision
- a facial droop
- hearing loss
- weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis)
- wobbly, unsteady gait
- difficulty doing normal activities such as getting dressed, tying shoes, brushing teeth and a decline in school performance
In addition, some children will develop hydrocephalus (build up of fluid pressure in the brain) because of the tumor compression. Symptoms of hydrocephalus may include:
- headache (generally upon awakening in the morning)
The symptoms of a brain tumor may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Last update July 2008
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