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Symptoms of germ cell tumours depend on where the tumour is, how big it is and whether it produces hormones. Symptoms of germ cell tumours outside the brain may include:

  • a lump in the abdomen (belly), lower back or testicle
  • abdominal (belly) pain
  • fever
  • constipation
  • in girls, not having periods or having unusual bleeding from the vagina.

Germ cell tumours in the brain may cause symptoms such as:

  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • headaches
  • nausea or vomiting
  • changes in vision
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • tiredness
  • early or late puberty.

Note about symptoms

Many conditions – including common childhood infections – can cause these symptoms, not just germ cell tumours. If your child has any of these symptoms and you are concerned, talk to your child’s doctor.

published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015