Schwannomas are tumors that grow from Schwann cells, the cells that form myelin, the insulating layer around the peripheral nerves. A person can have a single schwannoma or many — especially in the case of schwannomatosis or neurofibromatosis.
Schwannoma: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center was founded to provide the highest quality surgical care for peripheral nerve conditions — including schwannomas — and to generate new understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of nerve diseases through research.
- Our practitioners are experienced in diagnosing and addressing schwannomas, which can sometimes cause pain or loss of nerve function.
- Our holistic approach addresses the total well-being of the patient. You can rely on our experience, successful surgical outcome record and access to the finest hospital care.
- The Peripheral Nerve Surgery team works closely with experts at the Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis (NF) Center, one of the only centers in the world helping patients with NF type 1, NF type 2 and schwannomatosis.
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Treatment for Schwannomas
Your doctor may recommend regular follow-up and observation for schwannomas that are not causing symptoms.
Large schwannomas can compress nearby structures such as muscles or blood vessels and cause symptoms such as pain, numbness or impaired nerve function, including bowel or bladder dysfunction or even paralysis. In this case, surgery is recommended and can usually remove the tumor with little chance of it returning.
Schwannomas can grow along the nerves in the ear, where they are called vestibular schwannomas or acoustic neuromas. These are treated with observation, surgery or radiosurgery, depending on the tumor’s size and the severity of its symptoms.
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- Bronwyn Slobogan, P.A.