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Retinoblastoma: Top Symptoms

Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011 03:12 PM

Retinoblastoma, a retinal cancer that develops rapidly in children, is a treatable form of cancer, with almost nine out of ten children surviving into adulthood. Here are the main symptoms to watch for:

1. The most prominent and predominant retinoblastoma symptom is the appearance of a white colored spot in the center of the pupil when a source of light falls on the eyes directly. However, there might be other reasons why the center of the pupil appears white, and a physician should be consulted. This category of retinoblastoma symptoms also includes an unusual glint in the eyes and calcification of the eyeballs.
2. Patients may experience disorientation of the eyeballs, such as crossed eyes and squinting. Such symptoms may give rise to blurred vision in the child.
3. Eye redness and eye swelling are other symptoms of retinoblastoma that eventually become unavoidable with time. These symptoms are often accompanied by painful eyes and defective vision. The iris may appear to be of a different color in each eye.
Proper eye diagnosis and recognition of symptoms are required for retinoblastoma to be successfully identified.

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