Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignant tumor in childhood with an incidence of 1 for 20,000 births which occurs during the first five years of life. The retinoblastoma cell of origin has been debated for over a century; however, we now have a detailed understanding of the neuronal pathways that are deregulated in the primitive cells of the retina. The role of genomic instability of the retinoblastoma gene Rb1 localized on chromosome 13q and the most relevant epidemiological issues concerning retinoblastoma have recently been pointed out to explain the variegated clinical expression of the disease. The most common signs of retinoblastoma are a visible whiteness in the pupil called leukocoria and a strabismus.
Review articles are the summary of current state of understanding on a particular research topic. They analyze or discuss research previously published by scientist and academicians rather than reporting novel research results.
Review article comes in the form of systematic reviews and literature reviews and are a form of secondary literature. Systematic reviews determine an objective list of criteria, and find all previously published original research papers that meet the criteria. They then compare the results presented in these papers. Literature reviews, by contrast, provide a summary of what the authors believe are the best and most relevant prior publications.
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