Neuroblastic tumours arise from primitive cells of the sympathetic system and include the following entities:
The less differentiated the earlier the presentation. Thus, neuroblastomas typically occur in infants and very young children (mean age of presentation 22 months) whereas ganglioneuroblastomas and ganglioneuromas present in older children (mean age of presentation 1-10 years and 6-15 years respectively) 1.
As these tumours arise from the sympathetic nervous system it is not surprising that they arise from the neck, posterior mediastinum, adrenal gland, retroperitoneum, and pelvis 1.
Prognosis matches degree of differentiation.
- intermediate prognosis
- complete resection is curative
- no metastatic potential
- local recurrence reported
- 1. Lonergan Gael J., Cornelia M. Schwab, Eric S. Suarez and Christian L. Carlson. “From the Archives of the AFIP.” Radiographics 22, no. 4 (July 2002): 911-934. doi:VL - 22.