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These tumors can cause a range of symptoms:
Such symptoms are most frequently seen in children whose tumors affect the anterior (front) portion of the hypothalamus.
Some tumors may cause loss of vision. If the tumors block the flow of spinal fluid, headaches and sleepiness may result from hydrocephalus (collection of fluid in the brain).
Your health care provider may identify an abnormal development during a regular checkup. He or she will perform a neurological exam, including testing of visual function. Blood tests for hormone imbalances may also be performed.
Visual field testing may provide more information about how severely affected vision is and can help determine if the condition is improving or worsening.
Molitch ME. Neuroendocrinology and the neuroendocrine system. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 241.
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