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How is rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosed?

To diagnose rhabdomyosarcoma, a doctor will usually start with a physical exam that includes a review of the child's symptoms and medical history. If the doctor suspects rhabdomyosarcoma, there are several tests that may be performed. A doctor may do one of several imaging tests to look for tumors or to find out what parts of the body are affected by the cancer. The most commonly used scans include computerized tomography (CT) scans, x-ray scans, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. If cancer is found during the imaging scans, doctors will biopsy the tumor, which involves removing a sample of the tumor to be examined under a microscope. The sample may be removed using a thin needle, or doctors may perform surgery to remove all or part of the tumor for analysis.

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