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The symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma may vary depending on the location of the tumour. Rhabdomyosarcoma can develop in any muscle in the body. The most common sites of rhabdomyosarcoma are:
The most common sign of rhabdomyosarcoma is a mass or swelling that doesn’t go away and gets bigger over time. It may or may not be painful. Other signs and symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma include:
Other health conditions can also cause the same symptoms as rhabdomyosarcoma.
Rhabdomyosarcoma can develop at any site and can cause different signs and symptoms depending on where the tumour develops. Some common signs and symptoms by location are:
Rhabdomyosarcoma around the eye or in the eyelid can cause:
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the head and neck can cause:
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the arms or legs can cause a lump or swelling that can be tender or painful.
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the abdomen or pelvis can cause:
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the bladder or prostate can cause:
Rhabdomyosarcoma around the testicles can cause painless enlargement of the scrotum.
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the vagina or uterus can cause a lump or growth and discharge or bleeding from the vagina.
Rhabdomyosarcoma in the bile ducts can cause yellowing of the eyes or skin (called jaundice).
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