In the past five years 3 of the children referred to the pediatric psychiatric clinic of the Babies Hospital were discovered to have intracranial tumors. The study of these patients aroused our interest in the general subject of mental symptoms, personality changes and behavior disorders in children with intracranial tumors.
It has been said that mental symptoms with tumors of the brain occur less frequently in children than in adults. Ford1 pointed out that the progression to paralysis and death is usually so rapid that the effect on the mental condition is rarely stressed. He further said that if the location of a neoplasm is such that serious disability does not occur early mental symptoms may be prominent at first, the usual observation being of a simple dementia without striking changes in behavior. Listlessness and loss of interest in the normal occupations of play and school work along with
LANGFORD WS, KLINGMAN WO. BEHAVIOR DISORDERS ASSOCIATED WITH INTRACRANIAL TUMORS IN CHILDHOODREPORT OF CASES. Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(3):433–452. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010030003001