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What is occult neuroblastoma?

What is occult neuroblastoma?

Difficult to say: Neuroblastoma is a pathological diagnosis depending upon a certain tissue type. It may be referring to a variant of neuroblastoma, since neuroblastoma is well known to evolve into more mature or less malignant tissue types like ganglioneuroma. Etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Neuroblastoma (Definition)

Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer due to an over proliferation of abnormal nerve-type cells. Symptoms depend on the site of the tumor but can include failure to gain weight, loss of appetite, diarrhea, bone pain, ...Read more


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What does occult neuroblastoma mean?

Neuroblastoma: I have not heard of the term "occult" neuroblastoma - a patient either has a neuroblastoma or does not, the use of the term "occult" is not typically used here. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neuroblastoma?

Urine VMA/HVA: In about 90 % of children with neuroblastoma, the chemicals called vma and/or hva in urine are increased. Thus this can be used as a screening if one suspects neuroblastoma. But it does not detect 100 % of patients, thus normal urine vma/hva does not exclude the diagnosis of neuroblastoma. This is particularly true in newborn infants with neurobllastoma or children with neuroblastoma in the chest. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a stages of neuroblastoma?

What does it mean to have a stages of neuroblastoma?

It is for treatment: Cancers are given stages to help with prognosis and treatment . Low stage numbers are better than higher numbers in general. ...Read more

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Can an adult have neuroblastoma?

Can an adult have neuroblastoma?

Rare; but yes...: Neuroblastoma is usually in children; and the most common cancer in infants...But unfortunately(and rarely) it can occur in adults, too. ...Read more

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What is neuroblastoma?

What is neuroblastoma?

Cancer: Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nerve cells in the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord. It is usually found in young children under the age of 5, most under 2. The outcome of treatment is determined by the age of the child, stage of the tumor, location, spread and histology. ...Read more

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How can I ensure my child receives adequate nutrition if she has a neuroblastoma?

How can I ensure my child receives adequate nutrition if she has a neuroblastoma?

NGT/PEG/or I.V.: If general pts. Cannot eat enough calories by their mouths then a feeding tube may be paced in the stomach through the nose or mouth ( temporal). If pt. Is requiring food intake for long periods of time then a gastrostomy tube may be placed through or via endoscopy directly into the small intestine or stomach. If pt. Cannot tolerate food in liquid form through tubes then I.V. Feedings exists (temp. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neuroblastoma?

What are the symptoms of neuroblastoma?

Mass, pain: Neuroblastoma is a solid cancer of infants and children. It presents with a swelling in the abdomen, pain, weakness, pallor. If it occurs in the chest it may be silent until a chest xray is done for some other purpose and found by accident or if big enough can cause resiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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