Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor

Also known as: AT/RT, ATRT

What is an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor?

An atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, or AT/RT, is a fairly rare aggressive (fast growing) tumor usually diagnosed in young children that forms in the tissues of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord).

What causes atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor?

It appears that the cancer is related to an abnormal gene which may be inherited from parents.

What are the symptoms of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor?

Signs and symptoms depend on the age of the child and where the tumor has formed. They may include:
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sleepiness
  • troubles with balance or movement
  • headaches
  • unusual face and eye movements
  • larger head size in infants
 

What are atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor care options?

AT/RT is typically treated like other forms of cancer, with some combination of surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, high dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplantation and radiation therapy.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 5/23/2018 10:23:17 AM

Weekly Support Programs

Brain Wellness: Yoga for Kids

Participants will learn to optimize neurological potential across the developing age and care continuum, to provide other treatment modalities to optimize results, to provide options for our patients and families, to provide options for our patients and families, and more! Learn more.

From the Newsdesk

Mason's Story: Nicklaus Children's Makes the Difference for Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
Seeing a baby boy intubated, hooked up to a maze of machines, and with IV pumps snaking out of his tiny arms is an incredibly heartbreaking and terrifying experience. The Nicklaus Children’s staff was not only caring and friendly, but knowledgeable and explained everything to us in detail. Meeting the neurosurgery team brought us great comfort because they were confident and calm—they won our trust immediately.
September Patient of the Month: Mateo
When Mateo was just two years old, his parents were shocked to discover that their toddler developed leukemia. They met with the hematology and oncology specialists at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and began a treatment protocol that brought Mateo back to health—along with some entertainment from his spirited little sister! Mateo, now 10, is a healthy, typical kid who loves running around with his friends.