Neuroblastoma: Children is sometimes misdiagnosed as Wilms Tumour

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Wilms Tumour, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Neuroblastoma: Children.

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms of nerve cells while the embryo develops in pregnancy, so this cancer type is found in infants and children. This cancer can be found anywhere in the body where there are nerves. Symptoms include lumps in the neck, chest, abdomen that may appear blue or purple, bulging eyes or dark circles under the eye, fatigue, pale skin, trouble breathing, weakness and movement problems. Since this type of cancer is so rare it can be easily missed by doctors and the majority of symptoms are very similar to other common diseases of childhood.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Enlarged tummy, a painless lump or swelling in tummy or neck, stomach pain, problems breathing or swallowing, weight loss, not eating, swelling in the legs, swelling in upper chest, swelling in neck swelling in face, feeling full quickly, bulging eyes, dark circles around eyes, problems going to the toilet, pain in the bones, bluish bumps on the skin, a drooping eyelid, small pupil in one eye, weakness, loss of feeling or movement in part of body

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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