Ependymoma

Also known as: ependymoma tumor, ependymoma cancer.

What is ependymoma?

Ependymal cells form the lining of the ventricles (fluid containing spaces) in the brain and the central canal of the spinal cord. Tumors that develop from these cells, (fairly rarely, though 6 percent to 12 percent of childhood brain tumors) are called ependymomas. The average age at diagnosis is between 2 and 4 years.

What causes ependymoma?

The underlying cause of is not known.

What are the symptoms of ependymoma?

Symptoms depend on the location of the tumor. Typically tumors are found in three major sites:  the posterior fossa, the area containing the cerebral hemispheres, and the spinal cord. Each site has different presenting symptoms which can include headache, vomiting, tilting if the head, double vision, loss of balance and difficulties with hearing, speech, swallowing, and clumsy movements. A spinal cord tumor may present with low back pain, sciatica, scoliosis and weakness of the legs.

What are ependymoma care options?

Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible followed by radiation is common. The role of chemotherapy appears unclear.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 7/12/2018 1:33:17 PM


Upcoming Events

Communication and Feeding Difficulties in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This class is offered to parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Learn more and register

Camp UOTS

Camp U.O.T.S. is an annual weeklong, overnight camp for children with cancer and blood disorders who are treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Learn more and register

Epilepsy Exchange

Join us for a Facebook Live event! The webinar will explore epilepsy treatment options including medications, surgeries and therapies, provide advice on how to choose a course of treatment and will include a live Q&A session. Join Patricia Dean, Aileen Marie Rodriguez, Drs. Ian Miller and Marytery Fajardo.

Learn more and register

From the Newsdesk

Siblings of Cancer Patients enjoy a Fun Filled Day
07/06/2018 — More than two dozen children attended the Bear Hug camp at Nicklaus Children's last week. This day camp is for siblings of pediatric cancer patients to encourage socialization among peers and help them gain insight on their siblings' care journey. 
Get your FREE Water Watcher Card here!
06/29/2018 — Prevent drowning and accidents when children are near water by assigning a responsible adult to wear a Water Watcher Badge. The badge wearer takes responsibility to supervise the children until hading off to the next water watcher. Available at selected urgent care centers while supplies last.

Video

video
What was supposed to be a fun day for Frankie and his sister with their uncle quickly took an unexpected and tragic turn. Frankie was kicked in the head by a horse at the ranch they were visiting, and he suffered a traumatic brain injury.