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VCU Massey Cancer Center

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of hepatoblastoma?

The following are the most common symptoms of hepatoblastoma; however, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may vary depending on the size of the tumor and the presence and location of metastases:

  • A large abdominal mass, or swollen abdomen.
  • Weight loss, decreased appetite.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Vomiting.
  • Jaundice – yellowing of the eyes and skin.
  • Fever.
  • Itching skin.
  • Anemia – pale skin and lips from decreased number of red blood cells.
  • Back pain from compression of the tumor.

The symptoms of hepatoblastoma may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.