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What are the early symptoms of hepatoblastoma?
What are the early symptoms of hepatoblastoma? Hepatoblastoma, the symptoms may vary depending on the size and location of the tumor.
Hepatoblastoma is the most common malignant solid tumor of the liver in children. This tumor mostly occurs in children under 5 years old, especially children under 3 years old.
So, how should we pay attention to the performance of this tumor? What are its early symptoms?
The symptoms of hepatoblastoma may vary depending on the size and location of the tumor. The common symptoms are:
The most common symptom: a bulge in the abdomen. Because of the lack of specific symptoms in the early stages, abdominal masses are the most common reason for children to come to see a doctor.
The progress of the lump may lead to loss of appetite and weight loss; if the lump is large, it may cause pain due to compression.
Some children may have persistent fever.
Hilar masses may cause yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, and itching of the skin, but this is not common.
Children with routine blood tests often have anemia (decreased hemoglobin levels) and significantly higher platelet counts.
However, these symptoms are not unique to hepatoblastoma. Even if these symptoms are found, it is not necessarily the case of hepatoblastoma. You still need to go to the hospital for medical treatment, through ultrasound, CT, MR and other imaging examinations and further Check tumor markers (such as alpha-fetoprotein) to further clarify.
Therefore, even if the child has the above symptoms, parents should not panic and take the child to the corresponding specialist for further examination.
At the same time, it should be emphasized that the symptoms of early hepatoblastoma are often not obvious, and the child’s performance still seems to be healthy.
Therefore, parents should usually pay attention to whether the child has abdominal distension and other conditions. If the parent observes the above symptoms, although it may not necessarily be a hepatoblastoma, it is necessary to bring the child to the doctor for examination as soon as possible.
In addition, hepatoblastoma is not a terminal disease, and the overall treatment effect is significantly better than that of liver cancer. If the tumor has no distant metastasis and can be completely resectioned, the cure rate can reach more than 90%.
We all need to maintain confidence, pay attention to early symptoms, early detection and early treatment, in order to achieve the best treatment results and give children a bright future.
(source:internet, reference only)