What is a malignant rhabdoid tumor?

Also known as: rhabdoid tumor, childhood rhabdoid tumor.

A malignant rhabdoid tumor is a rare fast growing childhood cancer that commonly occurs in infants and young children (average age 15 months). It usually starts in the kidneys (but can start anywhere in the body in soft tissues; in the brain it's called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor) and frequently spreads early.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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