How to Diagnose Retinoblastoma

Thursday, 02 Jun 2011 09:59 AM

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The first thing to do for retinoblastoma diagnosis is a physical examination that checks for the appearance of a white spot in the center circle of the pupil when illuminated with direct light (example - torch light or flash of a camera).

Such examinations reveal symptoms that help diagnose retinoblastoma, such as an unusual glint in the eyes of children and adults and disorientation of eyeballs. These retinoblastoma symptoms include various forms of cross eyes and squinting in children and adults. Other symptoms that help diagnose retinoblastoma are eye redness and eye swelling.

After performing diagnostic physical examinations, diagnostic tools are employed to confirm retinoblastoma diagnosis. The red reflex test, ophthalmoscope exam, and ultrasound are mid-tier diagnostic tools while MRI and CT scan are imaging diagnostic tools that help determine if retinoblastoma has affected other parts surrounding the eyes, after the patient has been tested positive for the disease. Lumbar puncture is another diagnostic procedure that indicates how much the disease has spread out to other parts of the body.

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