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Retinoblastoma is a malignant intraocular tumor that develops from
retinal visual cells in other words cancer of the retina. It is a congenital
disease that if left untreated ends in death. It appears in children
before age 3. The tumor’s nodules produce secondary tumors that will
fill the eye then follow the optic nerve into the brain, this is what
causes death. A child with Retinoblastoma will have a white pupil in
one or both of their eyes.
Treatment for Retinoblastoma is removal of the eye and radiotherapy.
Cryotherapy or photocoagulation can also be effective. Early detection
of the disease will raise visual and life expectancy.
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