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Ependymoma

Ependymoma is a tumor that arises from the ependyma, a tissue of the central nervous system. Usually, in pediatric cases the location is intracranial, while in adults it is spinal. The common location of intracranial ependymoma is the fourth ventricle. Rarely, ependymoma can occur in the pelvic cavity.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with ependymoma, 68% report having diminished vision, 43% report having pain in eye, and 27% report having eyelid swelling. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of ependymoma are diminished vision, pain in eye, eyelid swelling, symptoms of eye, emotional symptoms, elbow cramps or spasms, pus in sputum, elbow weakness, and muscle swelling, although you may still have ependymoma without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with ependymoma often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, lens and cataract procedures, biopsy, corneal transplant, procedures on spleen and removal of ectopic pregnancy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with ependymoma include tropicamide ophthalmic, prednisolone ophthalmic, phenylephrine (duramax), alendronate, carboxymethylcellulose, acarbose, benoxinate-fluorescein ophthalmic, loteprednol-tobramycin ophthalmic, chlorpheniramine (c.p.m.), chlordiazepoxide / clidinium, ocular lubricant, dorzolamide ophthalmic and formoterol .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for ependymoma include age 60-74 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and race/ethnicity = black almost never get ependymoma.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.8x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
1.5x
60-74 years
2.4x
75+ years
1.1x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.0x
Hispanic
0.2x
White
1.5x
Other
1.3x
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