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Ependymomas are a type of brain tumour. Discover what causes ependymomas, what the symptoms are, and how they are treated.

Key points

  • Ependymomas grow in the cells in the lining of the fluid filled spaces (ventricles) in the brain or in the centre of the spinal cord.
  • Ependymomas can cause headaches, fatigue, coordination problems, feeding problems, uncontrollable eye movements, and pain.
  • The cause of ependymomas is unknown.
  • Diagnostic testing is done to determine if your child's symptoms are being caused by a brain tumour.
  • Surgery is the primary treatment for ependymomas and is almost always followed by radiation therapy and sometimes chemotherapy. Before you agree to the treatment offered, it is important that you understand what to expect and feel comfortable with your decision.
Last updated: January 10th 2022