Neuroblastoma - Signs and Symptoms

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Possible signs of neuroblastoma include bone pain and a lump in the abdomen, neck, or chest.

The most common symptoms of neuroblastoma are caused by the tumor pressing on nearby tissues as it grows or by cancer spreading to the bone. These and other symptoms may be caused by neuroblastoma. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:

  • Lump in the abdomen, neck, or chest.
  • Bulging eyes.
  • Dark circles around the eyes ("black eyes").
  • Pains in the bones.
  • Swollen stomach and trouble breathing in infants.
  • Painless, bluish lumps under the skin in infants.
  • Weakness or paralysis (loss of ability to move a body part).

Less common signs of neuroblastoma include the following:

  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Easy bruising or bleeding.
  • Petechiae (flat, pinpoint, dark spots under the skin caused by bleeding).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Severe watery diarrhea.
  • Jerky muscle movements.
  • Uncontrolled eye movement.
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, feet, or scrotum.
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Comment from: woozysuzy, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 07

My child had watery diarrhea for 5 months. Pediatricians thought it was food allergy. Ultrasound was done 1 month ago when the pediatrician noted what they thought might be enlarged spleen. Shadow noted, endoscopy and colostomy were scheduled, and over the weekend the little one experienced painful diarrhea, so went to the specialized children's emergency room. Little one was admitted to pediatric ICU, and the lab work was abnormal, and vitals unstable. Along with other things shadow was noted, a tumor in the abdomen, neuroblastoma. Tumor was removed from abdomen (softball size) and now the child is 15 month old, all of tumor removed. Everything was clear, then before discharge from hospital image showed shadow behind eye and one on leg.

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