Neuroblastic tumors 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) .
Treatment and prognosis
Prognosis matches degree of differentiation:
- intermediate prognosis
- complete resection is curative
- no metastatic potential
- local recurrence reported