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Page 1 Thieny Nguyen Professor Khalil MEDA 115 11 May 2009 Project 4 Wilms' tumor Wilms' tumor (nephroblastoma) is a specific kind of kidney cancer (Merck). In Frazier, the description is more specific. It mentions this disease is highly malignant neoplasm of the kidney that affects children younger than 5 years (Frazier 74). On the MedlinePlus website, the writer informs us another name of Wilms’ tumor that was nephroblastoma. It is named for the German doctor (Max Wilms) who first wrote about it in 1899. Etiology The cause is not known, although a genetic abnormality may be involved in some cases. Wilms' tumor is more likely to develop in children with certain birth defects—for example, when both irises are missing or when one side of the body grows too much. Both of these defects may be caused by a genetic abnormality. However, most children with Wilms' tumor have no such recognizable abnormalities (Merck). Additionally, it is an adenosarcoma arising from abnormal fetal kidney tissue that is left behind during early embryonic life (Frazier 75). In Frazier, it gives
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