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Diagnosing Deadly Cancer ... With a Picture

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Diagnosing Deadly Cancer ... With a Picture

Baby's Photo Reveals Retinoblastoma; Doctors Say Picture May Have Saved Her Life

...Diagnosed in a Flash But as in the case of Rowan Santos, another means to detect signs of retinoblastoma and other eye problems in infants may be as close as the family camera.

"The 'red eye' look that the public dislikes is the tell-tale sign of a healthy eye," Taub said. "The lack of it is the clue there is something wrong."

In fact, Taub said she and her fellow ophthalmologists regularly ask families to bring in photos: "We call it F.A.T. -- family album tomography."

"The flash camera can be used usefully for home diagnosis of infant and child problems," said Seattle ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Bensinger.

"If in a series of photos, the same eye always is red and the other dark for your child, then the dark eye may be always turned away from the central axis and might be crossed," Bensinger said. "This could be due to ordinary misalignment, which can be fixed, or due to something inside the eye blocking normal vision, such as a tumor, or cataract, or other internal obstruction, which needs attention right away."

Vigilance is especially important for parents with a family history of the disease.

"Those with a family history should be very alert," said Dr. Harry Quigley, director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University's Wilmer Institute in Baltimore. "An eye deviating to the side compared to the other eye after age 3 to 4 months should be examined by an ophthalmologist."

Quigley added that infants who rub their eyes regularly or who have severe redness in their eyes should also be checked out. ...

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Another warning sign you should also get checked out is if the photo shows one pupil as white, similiar to red eye in that it can look 'glassy' but it is white not red. Other conditions like albinism can cause this to happen due to transillumination of the retina but it is best to get it checked out.

This is so scary! I used to be a preschool teacher and I had a little boy in my classroom who had had this...and thankfully he was ok, after he had emergency surgery to remove his eye. When he went back a year later he was all clear!!

It wasn't from a picture either, his father looked into his eyes one day and noticed that one of them looked a little glassy and "clear" so they brought him to the doctor, and lo and behold....poor little guy!

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