Choroid plexus tumors arise in the tissue located in the spaces of the brain called ventricles. This tissue makes cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. These rare tumors are seen more often in younger children. Between 10 and 20 percent of brain tumors that occur within the first year of life are choroid plexus tumors.
Children with choroid plexus tumors are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through our Brain Tumor Center. Continue reading to learn more about choroid plexus tumors or visit the Brain Tumor Center homepage to learn about our expertise and treatment options for this condition.
There are three main types of choroid plexus tumors:
A choroid plexus tumor can block the normal flow of CSF, causing increased pressure on the brain (hydrocephalus) and enlargement of the skull. It can also cause symptoms including:
In addition to a complete medical history, physical examination and neurological exam, which tests reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, and coordination and alertness, choroid plexus tumors are diagnosed with:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.
Doctors recommend a number of treatments for choroid plexus tumors, including:
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