Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

What are the symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma?

The following are the most common symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Many symptoms depend on the size and the location of the tumor. Symptoms may not be present until the tumor is very large, especially if it is located deep in the muscle or in the stomach. Symptoms may include:

  • A tumor or mass that can be seen or felt (may or may not be painful).
  • Bleeding from the nose, vagina, rectum or throat (may occur if the location of the tumor is in these areas). 
  • Tingling, numbness, pain and movement (may be affected if the tumor compresses nerves in the area). 
  • Protrusion of the eye or a drooping eyelid (may indicate a tumor behind the area).

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