Brain tumors in toddlers can occur as benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) cells that form in tissues of the brain. The cause of most toddler brain tumors is not known. But the symptoms of toddler brain tumors vary and often depend on the child’s age and where the tumor is located.
Tests that examine the brain and spinal cord are used to detect these brain tumors. Toddler brain tumors are diagnosed and removed through surgery. But the most important factor that affects prognosis or chance of recovery and treatment options is prompt diagnosis.
If your doctor has failed to diagnose your toddler’s brain tumor or if your doctor has misdiagnosed your child’s condition and your child has suffered brain damage or has died as a result of such negligence, then you should immediately contact a medical malpractice attorney to find out how to protect your legal rights. A skilled toddler brain tumors lawyer will be able to secure compensation to help pay your child’s future medical costs, rehabilitation and care.
Although cancer is rare in children, brain tumors are said to be the most common type of childhood cancer other than leukemia and lymphoma. The following may be symptoms of children with brain tumors:
Loss of balance, trouble walking or slow speech
Nausea and vomiting
Change in personality or behavior
Restlessness or incessant crying
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
Tests that examine the brain and spinal cord are used to detect toddler brain tumors. Commonly used tests to diagnose brain tumors include a CT scan and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). If a brain tumor is suspected, a biopsy is done by removing part of the skull and using a needle to remove a sample of the tumor tissue. A pathologist views the tissue under a microscope to look for cancer cells. The prognosis or chance for recovery depends on the age of the child, location of the tumor, amount of tumor remaining after surgery and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the nervous system.
If your child has suffered severe brain damage as a result of an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed brain tumor, please call an experienced Philadelphia pediatric malpractice attorney at Anapol Schwartz for a free consultation. We will help determine what type of negligence is occurred and what compensation you and your child will be entitled to.