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Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor that usually develops in the nerve tissue of the adrenal glands, located on the top of each kidney. Tumors are sometimes also found in the pelvis, neck or chest. Neuroblastoma can spread to the chest, bones and bone marrow. Typically, by the time neuroblastoma is diagnosed, the spreading has already begun. Neuroblastoma is typically diagnosed under the age of 5 years old and makes up approximately 7.5 percent of all childhood cancers.
The neural crest cells that form the adrenal glands transition from immature to mature cells. The immature cells are called neuroblasts. When a mutation, or mistake, occurs during this transition from immature to mature cells, a neuroblastoma can develop. When that happens, the cells fail to complete the cycle into a mature cell and multiply rapidly, forming a mass or tumor.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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