Peripheral nerve tumours


Our PNI surgeons diagnose and treat benign and malignant peripheral nerve tumours using advanced techniques

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What are nerve tumours?

Nerve tumours can develop within your nerves. As the nerves carry vital signals from your brain to the muscles in your body (allowing you to move and feel sensations), tumours can lead to loss of movement and pain if malignant. In most cases, the tumours are benign and can be removed with surgery.

Need to know

Benign (non-cancerous) tumours grow slowly within the nerve, causing it to expand and press down on the nerve fibres. This causes pain, numbness and a lump under the skin. While most peripheral nerve tumours are benign, some are cancerous (malignant). In these cases, it's more likely to cause loss of function and pain.

Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. They will examine the lump and order further tests.

These include:

  • an MRI scan to see your soft tissues and nerves
  • a CT scan to get a detailed picture of how a tumour may affect your nerves and body
  • an electromyogram (EMG) to record electricity in your muscles

Crucially, your consultant will order biopsies on the tumour to see if it's cancerous and to determine treatment. Here, a small collection of cells is sent away for testing.

If a tumour is benign, they don't normally reoccur. Malignant tumours are removed promptly, through surgery. The surgeon will also take a small amount of healthy tissue to ensure they have caught all the cells. This is followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Mr Marco Sinisi - Peripheral Nerve Specialist

At HCA Healthcare UK, we work with leading consultants to enable access to the the latest techniques and treatment.

Mr Marco Sinisi is our lead consultant for Peripheral Nerve Injuries based at The Wellington Hospital. Mr Sinisi has a comprehensive knowledge of nerve injuries and has experience in a wide range of nerve problems from trauma through to sports injuries. He is experienced in managing complex nerve conditions as well as performing complex nerve operations. 

Our Peripheral nerve tumours locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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