Nerve Tumors of the Upper Extremity

Sophia A. Strike, Mark E. Puhaindran

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Nerve sheath tumors of the upper extremity are among the common neoplastic pathologies encountered by hand surgeons. A majority of these tumors are benign schwannomas or neurofibromas and may be associated with neurofibromatosis. Clinical signs of malignant transformation include new onset of pain and rapid growth. Imaging characteristics, such as standardized uptake value greater than 4.0 on PET scan, may aid in the diagnosis of a malignant tumor. Surgical excision, often with intrafascicular dissection with nerve preservation, is recommended treatment of benign lesions. Wide surgical excision is recommended for malignant lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • Neurilemmoma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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