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A case report of brain stem tumor

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Author(s): M Salehi-Omran | R Nazari

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 14;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Glioma | Brainstem | tumor

ABSTRACT
Background: Brain and spinal cord tumors are the most frequent neoplasms after leukemia in children. Brain stem glioma is responsible for 10-20% of brain tumors in this group and often found in pons presenting with cerebellar signs, cranial nerve palsies, pyramidal signs and eventually increased intracranial pressure Case Report: In this article we reported an 11 year old girl affected with brain stem tumor with signs of headache, dizziness, vomiting and ataxia. Strabismus due to palsy of sixth cranial nerve, and dysarthria was observed. Conclusion: Children complaining of vomiting, headache and dizziness for a long time must be assessed for brain tumor in posterior fossa that sometimes may lead to increased intracranial pressure. An exact neurological examination can be worth guide to diagnosis.
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