Possible risk factors for astrocytoma include:
- Past radiation therapy to the brain.
- Having certain genetic disorders, such as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).
Having NF1 may increase a child's risk of a type of tumor called visual pathway glioma. These tumors usually do not cause symptoms. Children with NF1 who develop visual pathway gliomas may not need treatment for the tumor unless symptoms, such as vision problems, appear or the tumor grows.
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