Nerve Sheath Tumors

P. D. Scripko, Andrew S Venteicher, S. R. Plotkin

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Nerve sheath tumors (NSTs) arise from Schwann precursor cells and include neurofibromas, schwannomas, and malignant peripheral NSTs. More recently, hybrid NST with pathological features of both neurofibromas and schwannomas have been described. NSTs can present as sporadic solitary tumors or can present in the setting of neurofibromatosis 1 and 2, and schwannomatosis. This article summarizes the presentation, genetics, imaging, and treatment of these common tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cranial nerve
  • Genetics
  • Hybrid tumor
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • Nerve sheath tumor
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis 1
  • Neurofibromatosis 2
  • Peripheral nerve
  • PET scan
  • Ras
  • Schwannoma
  • Schwannomatosis

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