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Neuroblastoma can be confusing...

Neuroblastoma is a malignant tumor of neural crest origin and is the most common solid tumor of infancy and childhood. The most common site of tumor is the adrenal medulla. Hence a majority of signs and symptoms are related to the site of the tumor. The spread of tumor through blood occurs very early.The tumor can metastasise or spread to the eyes or bones and can present with corresponding symptoms and signs. This condition is most oftenly confused with Wilms tumor, lymphoma,hepatoblastoma, ganglioneuroma and rhabdomyosarcoma.

Treatment consists of chemotherapy in inoperable cases or in adjunct with surgery or radiotherapy. Surgery alone may be possible in low risk tumors.

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