Tumours of peripheral nerves in the upper extremity: A 22-year epidemiological study.

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Peripheral nerve tumours are uncommon. Our aims were to calculate the incidence and relative frequencies, to define sites of nerve tumours and to judge preoperative symptoms and outcomes of intervention. The results of 53 patients, with 68 tumours and histopathological diagnoses of true neoplasms, who had been operated on at the Department of Hand Surgery, Malmo, Sweden, between 1986 and 2007, were analysed. Schwannomas were the most common tumour (n=42). The incidence of schwannomas was 0.62/100 000 inhabitants/year in Malmo during that time period. The median nerve was most affected, closely followed by the ulnar and digital nerves. The preferred sites were the forearm, the thumb, and the digits. The most common preoperative symptom was pain. Loss of sensation was the most common postoperative complication. However, 33/53 patients (62%) were completely free of symptoms after excision. Patients should be provided with meticulous information preoperatively.


  • Kristina Sandberg
  • Jessica Nilsson
  • Niels Søe Nielsen
  • Lars Dahlin
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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch