Peripheral nerve tumors are very rarely found tumors of peripheral nerves. They can be formed anywhere in the network of peripheral nerves in our body. They expand rapidly as soft tissue masses and affect the functioning of the nerve, thus needing an immediate medical attention. They can be benign or malignant and are sometimes associated with the personal or family history of an underlying neurogenetic disorder, such as neurofibromatosis.
Cause of Peripheral nerve tumors
These tumors arise in the cells surrounding the peripheral nerves, most commonly due to neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).
Symptoms of Peripheral nerve tumors
Although most of the patients with peripheral nerve tumors do not show any specific symptoms but some may complain of:
Treatment For Peripheral Nerve Tumors
The growth of peripheral nerve tumors is difficult to find during the first stage as it can remain asymptomatic for a long period of time. Most of the patients with benign peripheral tumors do not require surgical treatment while malignant tumors should be removed immediately as they can be fatal over time. In fact some of the peripheral tumors may reoccur even after the surgery and it is likely to get another tumor on the same place after the surgery. So, peripheral tumors require long-term monitoring and post- operative care.
The treatment depends upon the severity and location of tumor and may include the following:
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