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Conditions We Treat: Nerve Sheath Tumor
The nerve sheath is a layer of myelin and connective tissue that surrounds and insulates fibers in the peripheral nerves — those branching out of the brain and spinal cord. A nerve sheath tumor is an abnormal growth within the cells of this covering. Nerve sheath tumors such as neurofibromas and schwannomas are mostly benign, but malignant nerve sheath tumors can be serious and require prompt treatment.
Nerve Sheath Tumor: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- With vast experience in surgically managing even the most complex peripheral nerve injuries, the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center offers the skilled intervention you need to address pain and restore optimal function.
- The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center was founded to provide the highest quality surgical care for peripheral nerve injuries and to generate new understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of nerve diseases through research.
- You will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, with insights from neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, radiology and rehabilitation.
- Our holistic approach addresses the total well-being of the patient with a unique degree of experience, successful surgical outcome record and access to quality hospital care.
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Treatment for Nerve Sheath Tumors
Nonsurgical treatments are appropriate for many patients with nerve sheath tumors because the tumors are often slow-growing and most do not cause pain or other symptoms until they get large. Your doctor may recommend regular examinations and imaging studies to keep track of the tumor’s growth.
For large neurofibromas or schwannomas, surgery might be recommended, especially if you are experiencing pain, numbness, tingling or other problems due to the tumor’s pressure on a nerve.
Malignant nerve sheath tumors (also called neurofibrosarcomas) require immediate surgical removal because they are very aggressive.
Learn more about nerve sheath tumors.
Visit the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Neurofribromatosis (NF) Center.
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