What are the symptoms of Childhood Astrocytoma?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 10, 2013

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The symptoms of astrocytomas are not the same in every child.


Symptoms are different depending on the following:

  • Where the tumor forms in the brain or spinal cord
  • The size of the tumor
  • How fast the tumor grows
  • The child's age and development

Some tumors do not cause symptoms. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms as those caused by childhood astrocytomas. Check with your child's doctor if any of the following problems occur:

  • Morning headache or headache that goes away after vomiting
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision, hearing, and speech problems
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking
  • Worsening handwriting or slow speech
  • Weakness or change in feeling on one side of the body
  • Unusual sleepiness or change in energy level
  • Change in personality or behavior
  • Seizures
  • Weight loss or weight gain for no known reason
  • Increase in the size of the head (in infants)


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