What is pediatric ependymoma?
Pediatric ependymoma is a rare type of tumor that forms in a child’s brain or spinal cord. It starts in cells that line the ventricles (fluid-filled spaces in the brain) and the canal that holds the spinal cord. Nearly half of all ependymomas are diagnosed in children under age 3.
Signs and symptoms
Is it pediatric ependymoma?
Symptoms can include:
Nausea and vomiting
Trouble with balance
Pain or stiffness in the neck
Trouble peeing or pooping
Diagnosis of ependymoma
Your child’s doctor will do a full physical exam and take a detailed medical history.
Additional tests might include:
How we can help
Treatments for ependymoma include:
Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible
Understanding pediatric cancer
Our UW Health Kids Cancer Care specialists offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.
A first-class facility
At American Family Children’s Hospital, you will find a friendly, child-centered environment. Our hospital is designed with relaxing spaces and areas where children are encouraged to play.
Meet our team
Experts caring for your child
Your child’s team will include:
Oncologists (cancer doctors)
Hematologists (blood disease doctors)
Child life specialists
Pain management specialists
Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Radiologists and radiation technologists
Patient and support services
You’re never alone
There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.
Child life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:
Positive Image Center
Spiritual care services
Tyler's Place (sibling child care)
Pediatric cancer services
With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.Learn more