What is Ependymoma?
An ependymoma is a type of brain tumour which falls under the umbrella term of gliomas. These tumours develop in the glial cells which are found in the brain and spinal cord.
Ependymoma develops in the type of glial cell called an ependymal cell.
What causes ependymoma?
The cause of ependymoma is unknown. However, research believes it may be due to an inherited genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 2. ependymoma accounts for around 2% of all brain tumours.
Recovery from ependymoma depends on the type of grade the tumour is and how the person responds to treatment.
What are the symptoms of ependymoma?
Symptoms of ependymoma include:
- Changes in personality
- Sight problems
- Balance and coordination issues.