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What tests are used to diagnose desmoid tumors?

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To find out what kind of tumor you have, doctors often go through these steps:

  • Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves are used to make images that will show if the tumor is solid.
  • Imaging scans: These show whether the tumor is attached to other tissues and whether it can be safely removed with surgery. They include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make detailed images, and computerized tomography (CT) scans, which put X-rays taken from several angles together to make a more complete picture.
  • Biopsy: A small sample or the entire tumor is removed, and the cells are looked at under a microscope to confirm that it's a desmoid tumor.

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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