Abdominal Masses in Pediatrics: Diagnostic Tools and Treatment Decisions

Incidental discovery of an abdominal mass is a fairly common occurrence during well-child visits, and while many are benign, pediatricians need efficient paths for identifying serious tumors and assessing an individual’s risk of progression as well as likely treatment response. Pediatric surgeon Willieford Moses, MD, FACS, discusses steps in evaluation, including which imaging modalities are most useful, and describes keys to decision-making for neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumors and other tumors seen during childhood. Learn when observation is an option, how experts weigh benefits versus risks on aggressive surgical interventions, and the intra- and post-op risks families should understand.

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UCSF Pediatrics

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