A neurofibroma is a somewhat rare, benign (non-cancerous) soft-tissue tumor that can occur on any peripheral nerve. It presents as a small mass with mild to no symptoms. Surgical removal is a common treatment for nuerofibromas.
Neurofibroma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of peripheral nerves. They present as small masses with mild to no symptoms. While neurofibroma can be a solitary entity, it may also be associated with neurofibromatosis (NF-1), which is a genetic condition where those affected develop numerous peripheral nerve tumors, including neurofibromas or schwannomas. This soft-tissue tumor occurs in all ages and is equally common in males and females.
Neurofibroma is a non-cancerous soft-tissue tumor that arises from any peripheral nerve. Neurofibroma does not metastasize or spread throughout the body. Due to its location, there is a risk of nerve damage associated with neurofibroma. It is important to seek and consult a doctor, obtain proper radiographic studies, and confirm the diagnosis, as some differential diagnoses include schwannoma, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST).
Radiographic imaging is used to help form a diagnosis of neurofibroma. These include X-Ray, MRI, CT and Bone Scans.
The primary treatment of neurofibroma consists of surgical excision. There is some risk of neurological damage is the tumor involves a major nerve. However, once removed, there is a low recurrence rate. Since neurofibroma is a benign soft-tissue mass, chemotherapy and radiation are not needed to treat.
Surgical treatment includes wide or radical resections to remove the complete tumor and additional margins. The removal of additional, surrounding margins ensures that the tumor is completely removed and decreases the chances of the tumor coming back.
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