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Peripheral Nerve Tumors

Peripheral Nerve Tumors

It is defined as the tumor growths around the nerves or nerves tissues. Peripheral nerve conveys the brain message to the periphery of the body. Mostly are benign growth but some may be malignant.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of peripheral nerve tumors includes:Peripheral Nerve Tumors Causes Symptoms Treatment

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Swelling
Causes

The exact cause of tumor is still unknown. But some inherited conditions associated with this condition like neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2.

Complications

If left untreated It may lead to the following complications:

  • Pain
  • Difficulties in balance
  • Loss of function in affected area
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
Diagnosis

After checking medical history and conducting motor examination your doctor will recommend the following tests:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the detailed images of the affected nerve.
  • Electromyography to record brain electrical activity.
  • Nerve conduction study
  • Tumor biopsy to check the extend of disease
Treatment

Treatment depend upon the severity of signs and symptoms, treatment options include:

  • Watchful monitoring to check the condition of tumor
  • Surgery to remove the tumor growth
  • Chemotherapy to kill the tumor cells
  • Radiotherapy also helpful in some condition
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