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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 547926, 8 pages
Clinical Study

Results of Surgical Treatment of Schwannomas Arising from Extremities

1Department of Traumatology, Clinic of Traumatology and Hand Surgery, Wroclaw Medical University, Ulica Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland
2Division of Pathomorphology, Department of Pathomorphology, Wroclaw Medical University, Ulica K. Marcinkowskiego 1, 50-368 Wrocław, Poland

Received 11 August 2014; Revised 20 November 2014; Accepted 20 November 2014

Academic Editor: Jens Schittenhelm

Copyright © 2015 Jerzy Gosk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Schwannomas are benign neoplasms derived from Schwann cells. In this work, we present our experience in operative management of schwannomas and analyse results of treatment. Clinical material consisted of 34 patients, in whom 44 schwannomas located in extremities were excised between 1985 and 2013. Thirty-five tumours originated from major peripheral nerves and 9 from small nerve branches. Postoperatively, in the first group of tumours, pain resolved in 100%, paresthesias in 83.3%, and Hoffmann-Tinel sign in 91.6% of the patients. Improvement in motor function was noted in 28.5% of the cases, in sensory function: complete in 70%, and partial in 15%. The most frequently affected major peripheral nerves were the ulnar (11 tumours) and median (5 tumours) nerves. Schwannomas originating from small nerve branches were removed without identification of the site of origin. After their resection, definitive healing was achieved. Conclusions. (1) Schwannomas located in extremities arise predominantly from major peripheral nerves, most commonly the ulnar and median nerves. (2) Gradual tumour growth causes exacerbation of compression neuropathy, creating an indication for surgery. (3) In most cases, improvement in peripheral nerve function after excision of schwannoma is achieved. (4) The risk of new permanent postoperative neurological deficits is low.