Symptoms of neuroblastoma

The symptoms of neuroblastoma vary depending on where the cancer is and whether it has spread. The early symptoms can be vague and hard to spot, and can easily be mistaken for those of more common childhood conditions.

Symptoms can include:

  • a swollen painful tummy, sometimes in association with Constipation and difficulty passing urine
  • breathlessness and difficulty swallowing
  • alump in the neck
  • blueish lumps in the skin and bruising, particularly around the eyes
  • weakness in the legs and an unsteady walk, with numbness in the lower body, constipation and difficulty passing urine
  • fatigue, loss of energy, pale skin, loss of appetite and weight loss
  • bone pain, a limp and general irritability
  • rarely, jerky eye and muscle movements

See your GP or contact NHS 111 if you're worried your child might be seriously ill.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018