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Wilms Tumor Overview

What is Wilm's tumor?
A child with Wilm's tumor has abnormal cells in the kidney that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. The cause of Wilm's tumor is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk. About 1 out of 200,000 children in the US develop Wilm's tumor each year. Wilm's tumor is most common in children who are 3 years old.

What are the symptoms of Wilm's tumor?
Symptoms of Wilm's tumor include abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, and blood in the urine.

How does the doctor treat Wilm's tumor?
Treatment for Wilm's tumor may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Wilms Tumor References
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