Retinoblastoma - to expand awareness
Retinoblastoma is the commonest eye tumour in childhood
There are 2 types of retinoblastoma – hereditary (40%) and sporadic (60%)
The hereditary type occurs in young babies, with multiple tumours, usually bilaterally, but can be unilateral.
The sporadic form occurs in older children and is a single tumour.
The commonest sign is leukocoria.
Delay in diagnosis causes advanced disease.
Treatment is enucleation in the unilateral cases.
In bilateral disease save vision is the goal.
Cosmesis is important.
Awareness can save lives
R D Wainwright, University of the Witwatersrand, Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital
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Date published: 2010-08-05
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