July 12, 2015 -

A ganglioneuroblastoma is an intermediate tumor growing in nerve tissues. It has both malignant and benign cells. Ganglioneuroblastoma develops to form a large group of nerve cells. These tumors are rare, occurring in fewer than five out of one million children each year.

There no clear symptoms of ganglioneuroblastoma. Most commonly it shows up as a lump that is felt in the abdomen. However, this condition may also occur in other parts of the body.

Diagnostic tests for ganglioneuroblastoma can include, blood and urine, bone scan, MRI, CT scan, MIBG scintiscan, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy.

Because these tumors are rare, they should be treated in a specialized center by experts who have experience with them. Depending on the type of tumor, treatment might involve surgery and/or chemotherapy and sometimes possibly radiation therapy.

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