Condition 101 About Hepatoblastoma

What is the definition of Hepatoblastoma?

Hepatoblastoma is a rare malignant (cancerous) tumor of the liver that usually occurs in the first 3 years of life. In early stages of the condition, there may be no concerning signs or symptoms. As the tumor gets larger, affected children may experience a painful, abdominal lump; swelling of the abdomen; unexplained weight loss; loss of appetite; and/or nausea and vomiting. The exact underlying cause of hepatoblastoma is poorly understood. Risk factors for the tumor include prematurity with a very low birth weight, early exposure to hepatitis B infection, biliary atresia, and several different genetic conditions (i.e. Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, Aicardi syndrome, Glycogen storage disease, and Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome). Treatment varies based on the severity of the condition but may include a combination of surgery, watchful waiting, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy.

Latest Advances On Hepatoblastoma

  • Condition: Liver Masses in Children
  • Journal: International journal of hyperthermia : the official journal of European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology, North American Hyperthermia Group
  • Treatment Used: Stereotactic Radiofrequency Ablation (SRFA)
  • Number of Patients: 10
  • Published —
This study described experience with stereotactic radiofrequency ablation (SRFA) in children with liver masses.
  • Condition: Methylmalonic Aciduria
  • Journal: Journal of inherited metabolic disease
  • Treatment Used: Kidney, Liver, or Combined Liver-Kidney Transplantation
  • Number of Patients: 23
  • Published —
The study researched the long-term outcomes of kidney, liver, or combined liver-kidney transplantation in patients with methylmalonic aciduria.