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What are the symptoms of extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Depending on the type and location of your extragonadal germ cell tumor, various symptoms may occur. Because the most common bodily areas for tumors to grow are the brain, the area between the lungs, and the abdomen, you may experience symptoms such as headache, fever, vision problems, wheezing or trouble breathing, chest pain, cough, abdominal or back pain, constipation, or diarrhea. You may also have symptoms that do not seem to correspond to one of the above common sites, such as fatigue or trouble walking.

The wide range of symptoms initially may be interpreted, even by doctors, as less serious conditions. Watch for symptoms to persist and consistently worsen, which usually does not happen with other conditions.

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