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Schwannoma Tumor: Arrington’s Story

After turning in bed, Arrington heard a snap and felt instant pain. MRI results showed a broken neck ⁠— and even worse — a large spinal tumor. Arrington and his fiancée sought out spine neurosurgeon Timothy Witham at Johns Hopkins for care.

Finishing in time for Arrington’s wedding, Dr. Witham and a multidisciplinary team of experts used three complex procedures to stabilize Arrington’s spine and remove the tumor.

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About Schwannomas

Schwannomas are a type of nerve sheath tumor. The nerve sheath covers the nerve fibers and contains a specific type of cell, called a Schwann cell. Schwannomas form from these Schwann cells.

Dr. Witham examining a model of the spine.

Schwannoma Treatment at Johns Hopkins

The Neurosurgical Spine Center brings together specialists from neurosurgery, oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management to treat both benign and malignant tumors.

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