What are the symptoms of germ cell tumors?
The following are the most common symptoms of germ cell tumors; however, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms vary depending on the size and location of the tumor:
- A tumor, swelling or mass that can be felt or seen.
- Elevated levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).
- Elevated levels of beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG).
- Constipation, incontinence and leg weakness can occur if the tumor is in the sacrum (a segment of the vertebral column that forms the top part of the pelvis) compressing structures.
- Abnormal shape or irregularity in testicular size.
The symptoms of germ cell tumors may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.