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An ependymoma in the brain of a child can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and an increasing head size due to fluid trapped in the skull by the tumor (hydrocephalus); adults may experience a blind spot (papilledema), some weakness or paralysis (hemiparesis), and changes in thinking and personality. If an ependymoma grows in the spinal cord of a child or adult, it may cause pain, weakness and paralysis.
Last updated: 3/27/2012
- Bruce JN. Ependymoma. eMedicine. January 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/277621-overview. Accessed 3/27/2012.