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Neuroblastoma Symptoms

Sometimes neuroblastoma has no symptoms, and sometimes it is misdiagnosed because its symptoms look like those of other, more common conditions.

Signs of neuroblastoma depend upon:

  • Where the tumor is
  • Size of the tumor
  • If the cancer has spread
  • If the tumor makes hormones

Symptoms may include:

  • Bruising
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Lumps in the abdomen, lower back, neck or chest
  • Bone pain (caused by spread of cancer to the bone)
  • Bulging eyes, drooping eyelid
  • Dark circles under or around the eyes
  • Swollen, distended stomach
  • Breathing problems or coughing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities
  • Fever, anemia and high blood pressure
  • Swelling of legs or scrotum
  • Problems with urination or bowel movements
  • Headaches, dizziness

Most children with these symptoms do not have neuroblastoma, and usually they are caused by other, less serious conditions. However, it’s a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor to rule out any health concerns.

If your child has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Extensive expertise with all types of neuroblastoma
  • Exceptional surgical skill and specialization
  • Advanced diagnostic technology to pinpoint neuroblastoma
  • Leading-edge treatments including targeted therapies
  • Range of clinical trials for neuroblastoma
  • Family-centered, child-focused care

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