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Pediatr Surg Int. 2013 Jul;29(7):753-7. doi: 10.1007/s00383-013-3305-9. Epub 2013 Mar 31.

Infantile neuroblastoma of the urinary bladder detected by hematuria.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Kurume University School of Medicine, 67 Asahi-machi, Kurume, Fukuoka 830-0011, Japan.


Malignant tumors of the urinary bladder in infants are extremely rare. Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most likely tumor in this site, whereas neuroblastoma of the urinary bladder is exceedingly uncommon and is not listed as a differential diagnosis for tumors of this site. We present a case of neuroblastoma arising from the dome of the bladder wall, detected by hematuria. Only six cases of neuroblastoma originating from the bladder, including the present case have been reported. Of the cases, five arose from the dome of the bladder wall. In this report, the differential diagnosis of bladder tumors in children is discussed. A diagnosis of neuroblastoma should be taken into consideration, especially in the case of tumors arising from the dome of the bladder wall despite an uncommon location.

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