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These tumours develop from a type of cell called a Schwann cell, which gives them their name. Schwannomas are often not cancerous (benign).

Find out about schwannoma's and how malignant schwannomas are treated.

About schwannoma

A schwannoma is a tumour of the tissue that covers nerves, called the nerve sheath.

Malignant schwannoma

Malignant schwannomas are also called malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNSTs) or neurofibrosarcomas. 

Last reviewed: 
05 Oct 2017

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