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What are the symptoms of desmoid tumors?

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Desmoid tumors are rare and usually not cancerous. If the tumor is close to the surface of your skin, you may have a painless or slightly painful lump.

If it's in your belly, it may be more aggressive. It can press against blood vessels and nerves and cause pain, a limp, or problems using your legs, feet, arms, or hands. It also can block your colon or grow into nearby tissues. When this happens, you may have severe pain, bleeding from your rectum, and other health problems.

From: Desmoid Tumors: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Desmoid Tumor."

The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation: "Diagnosis and Treatment."

National Institutes of Health/Genetics Home Reference: "Desmoid Tumor."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Desmoid Tumor."

American Cancer Society: "What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma?"

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2016

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Desmoid Tumor."

The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation: "Diagnosis and Treatment."

National Institutes of Health/Genetics Home Reference: "Desmoid Tumor."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Desmoid Tumor."

American Cancer Society: "What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma?"

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2016

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