Ependymoma is a neurological condition that grows as a cancerous tumour in your brain and any part of the spine. It includes your neck, upper and lower back as well. Tumours at first are formed in the ependymal cells in the centre of the spinal cord and in the brain's fluid-filled spaces referred to as ventricles.
This condition doesn’t spread to any other part of the body, unlike other cancer types. However, it can spread to most of your brain area or spine. Ependymoma occurs at any age, but usually young children experience this condition. They can experience symptoms like frequent seizures and headaches.
In adults, the condition is most likely to hit their spinal cord and might cause body weakness in the parts which are controlled by nerves.
Healthcare experts rate this condition on a 1 to 3 grading scale. Grade 1 means that the condition is growing slowly and grade 3 is growing rapidly. The types of Ependymoma are:
The symptoms of Ependymoma vary according to the location of the tumour and its size, including the age of an individual.
This condition is also seen in babies. The symptoms in babies are:
Symptoms in adults and children are:
The causes of Ependymoma are still not known according to experts. Usually, cancer grows when there is a certain mutation or change in genes. So, professionals are still trying to understand the causes of those gene mutations. However, neurofibromatosis type 2 is found to be a primary reason for this condition.
Neurofibromatosis type 2 is a genetic disorder which causes noncancerous tumours to grow on nerves. Adults are usually affected by this disorder and experience hearing issues whereas in children it is found on the spinal cord or brain often.
Ependymoma diagnosis might need intervention of several specialists such as:
The doctor might order various tests to gain more understanding on the size of tumour, its location, and grade. These tests are:
Your healthcare expert might treat Ependymoma with:
Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is one of the renowned multispecialty hospitals in the city with advanced clinical equipment and first-class infrastructure to offer comprehensive care to patients. Our team of highly qualified doctors and surgeons offers complete clinical care and post-operative tips for a smooth and fast recovery.
You can consult our expert neuro doctor if you are experiencing Ependymyoma symptoms. Advantages of choosing RBH for Ependymoma include:
The classification of Ependymoma is initiated based on the variability degree in a tumour size and shape. Doctors also classify this condition on the basis of how fast the tumour cells are emerging, tumour cells crowding, tumour blood vessels growth, tumour cells tendency, how much the tumour has spread, molecular, and genetic features.
Ependymoma is a condition that can occur in any age group and is much more common among children. Adults experience spinal cord tumors and also malignant anaplastic Ependymoma.
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