There are several tumors (abnormal growths) that are responsible for peripheral nerve symptoms. The type of tumor that develops depends on its location on the nerve and the kind of cells involved. Typical peripheral nerve tumors include:

Neurofibromas:
Neurofibromas are tumors that develop in the tissues of the peripheral nerves. Neurofibromas are often located near the skin and they can cause painful swelling. They can occur on deeper nerves, as well. Patients with multiple neurofibromas may have a genetic disorder known as neurofibromatosis. There are two types of neurofibromatosis: Type I, or Von Recklinghausen’s disease, and the rarer but more severe Type II.

Neurofibromas can be surgically removed and/or reduced in size with radiation.

Schwannomas:
These tumors are found on the covering of the nerve (called the sheath). These tumors are typically benign and slow-growing. Schwannomas can occur on any nerve in the body and they cause weakness, pain and impaired sensory abilities.

Schwannomas can be detected and surgically removed by the Center’s surgeons, mostly with little or no damage to the nerve.

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST):
These tumors, while similar to the above mentioned types are malignant in nature. They frequently require more extensive surgery and collaboration with physicians in oncology and radiation.
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