Testing & Diagnosis for Liposarcoma in Children

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How does a doctor know that it’s liposarcoma?

Diagnostic procedures for liposarcoma are used to determine the exact type of tumor your child has and whether the tumor has spread. These may include a:

  • Physical exam, including neurologic function tests including: reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination and alertness.
  • X-rays, which produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which produces detailed images of organs and structures within the body and/or spine.
  • Computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) to capture a detailed view of the body, in some cases.
  • Biopsy or tissue sample from the tumor to provide definitive information about the type of tumor; this is collected during surgery.
  • Bone scan to detect bone diseases and tumors as well as to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation.
  • Complete blood count (CBC), which measures size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.
  • Blood tests including blood chemistries
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