Peripheral nerve tumors are masses that occur on or near the network of nerves (peripheral nerves) that link the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. Peripheral nerve tumors may occur anywhere in the body and may affect the function of the peripheral nerves.

Peripheral nerve tumors may be noncancerous (benign peripheral nerve tumors) or cancerous (malignant peripheral nerve tumors), though most are benign. People with some conditions, including neurofibromatosis or schwannomatosis, may be more likely to develop peripheral nerve tumors.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience diagnosing and treating peripheral nerve tumors. Although peripheral nerve tumors are uncommon, Mayo Clinic doctors treat about 3,600 people each year for these tumors.
  • Treatment expertise. For people with benign peripheral nerve tumors, Mayo Clinic surgeons have developed special techniques to remove a tumor without damaging nerves. People with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) can receive treatment at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in nervous system conditions (neurologists) and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and surgeons trained in nerve surgery (neurosurgeons), work as a team to diagnose and treat people who have all types of peripheral nerve tumors. Surgeons trained in muscle and skeletal surgery (orthopedic surgeons) and doctors trained in cancer care (medical oncologists) and radiation oncologists also may treat people who have MPNSTs.

    Doctors at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota treat children and teenagers who have benign peripheral nerve tumors or who have MPNSTs. At Mayo Clinic in Florida, doctors from Nemours Children's Clinic and from Mayo Clinic work together to provide care for children who have MPNSTs.

  • Research leaders. Mayo Clinic doctors have been studying the peripheral nerve and its diseases for more than 40 years in the Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery and for heart and heart surgery.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Doctors trained in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, genetic counseling, and other specialties care for people with peripheral nerve tumors at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, genetic counseling, and other specialties care for people peripheral nerve tumors at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, genetic counseling, and other specialties care for people with peripheral nerve tumors at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Children with benign peripheral nerve tumors are treated at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Children with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are treated at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Florida.

In Minnesota, children with benign peripheral nerve tumors are treated by pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons. Children with MPNSTs are diagnosed and treated by pediatric oncologists. Children who need inpatient care stay at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital.

In Florida, pediatric oncologists from Nemours Children's Clinic and surgeons from Mayo Clinic work as a team to provide the most appropriate care for each child.

Mayo Clinic is a member of the Children's Oncology Group. This national consortium of cancer centers establishes effective treatment approaches for treating pediatric soft tissue sarcomas, including MPNSTs.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

 

Since the 1960s, Mayo Clinic has operated the freestanding Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory. Researchers in neurology, neurosurgery, medical genetics, laboratory medicine and pathology, and other areas work to improve diagnosis and treatment for people with peripheral nerve disorders and peripheral nerve tumors. Read more about neurology research on the research website.

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on peripheral nerve tumors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, M.D.

Colin Lea W. Driscoll, M.D.

Peter J. Dyck, M.D.

Caterina Giannini, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael J. Link, M.D.

Phillip A. Low, M.D.

Brian Patrick O'Neill, M.D.

Robert J. Spinner, M.D.

Mar. 06, 2014