Diagnosing Retinoblastoma in Children
No screening tests are in practice for retinoblastoma, namely because it is so rare. However, if retinoblastoma is suspected, Sheba’s doctors may perform the following tests:
Physical exam and case history
We will perform a thorough examination of your child’s eyes and body to check their overall health. Our doctors will also ask about family history of retinoblastoma and other types of cancer. Family history is important, because it can help to determine if other relatives could pass the RB1 gene mutation to their children. If the exam points to a possible diagnosis of retinoblastoma, imaging tests will be performed to confirm it.
When a diagnosis of retinoblastoma is confirmed, genetic testing is helpful for determining if the disease is the congenital form or the non-heritable form. Knowing which form of the disease a child has is significant, because it can provide information about their risk of developing other cancers in the future.
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