Germ Cell Tumors
These rare tumors most commonly occur in children and young adults. Germ cell tumors range from benign lesions to highly malignant cancer cells, depending where they occur within the two primary areas they generally affect – the pineal or pituitary regions of the brain. Tumors in the pineal region, where the sleep hormone melatonin is produced, can cause fluid buildup in the brain, headaches, vomiting, double vision, fatigue, and coordination and balance issues. Those near the pituitary gland, which regulates growth hormones, can accelerate or delay puberty, stunt growth and affect vision.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by germ cell tumors. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. With endoscopic approaches, the surgeon removes the tumor through the nasal cavity. Recovering is quicker, because no incision is made.