Peripheral nerve tumours

Benign or malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of peripheral nerve tumours? icon plus

    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.
  • Diagnosing peripheral nerve tumours icon plus

    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.

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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.

Our peripheral nerve consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic and neurosurgery experts specialising in peripheral nerve injuries, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our locations

From complex nerve surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional peripheral nerve care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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