Schwannomas, also called neurilemmomas, are neural tissue abnormalities that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices. Clinically, a Schwannoma appears as a flesh colored/pinkish nodule and they are most often found on the extremities. Schwannomas have a predilection for women. Schwannomas can also be found in internal organs as they are a tumor of the nerve sheath. Typically, they are benign lesions but there is a malignant variant. Schwannomas can be seen in genetic syndromes such as Neurofibromatosis and Carney’s syndrome. Treatment of cutaneous Schwannomas is surgical excision.
August 23, 2014
Medically reviewed by Anthony J. Perri, M.D.
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