Ependymomas are the sixth most common tumor type in children, with about 30 percent affecting children younger than three. The tumor grows from ependymoma cells that line the ventricles, the passageways carrying cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms in infants include increased head size, irritability, sleeplessness and vomiting. The tumor frequently blocks normal flow of the cerebral spinal fluid, resulting in pain and pressure to the brain. The slow-growing tumor requires surgical removal.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by ependymoma. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove tumors more effectively. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Minimally invasive procedures can help patients who are not good candidates for traditional surgery because the tumors are growing in highly sensitive areas.