Subependymoma

A subependymoma is a rare type of benign tumor that forms in the brain’s fluid spaces (ventricles). Subependymomas grow slowly but may put pressure on the brain or cause cerebrospinal fluid build-up.

Overview

Symptoms

Subependymoma symptoms may include:

  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory problems
  • Speech difficulties
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Weakness or numbness on one side

Diagnosis

First, you’ll meet with your doctor for a physical exam and to discuss your symptoms. Then, your doctor may order imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan.

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Treatment Options

If you have a subependymoma, your Aurora care team, including neurologists and neurosurgeons, will work with you to tailor a treatment plan to your needs. 

Subependymoma treatments may include:

  • BrainPath® surgery: This approach allows your surgeon to remove a tumor through a dime-sized channel, or port. Compared with traditional open surgery, it typically causes less scarring, fewer complications, and has a quicker recovery time.
  • Radiation therapy

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