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A solid tumour of the liver, hepatoblastoma accounts for half of all liver tumours in children (more often in boys than girls) but is rare. Predominantly found in preschool-aged children, diagnosis can be done via X-ray, CT scan, MRI and/or ultrasound.

Treatment usually includes surgery or chemotherapy depending on how quickly the tumour has grown or spread.

Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal lump or mass often located in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, abnormal weight loss, diarrhoea
  • Changes in skin colour (jaundice evidenced by yellow tone to the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • General itching
  • Fever, irritability, listlessness
  • Abdominal pain 

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