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Three specialist teams working together to treat a neurogenic tumour

What is a neurogenic tumour? A neurogenic tumour is a tumour that grows along the cells that make up the nervous system. They can be subdivided into three groups by their location and involvement of peripheral nerves or sympathetic chain.

  1. Peripheral nerve sheath tumours

  2. Sympathetic ganglia tumours

  3. Paragangliomas

They are most commonly found in the mediastinum, which is the area between the lungs. Theses are common tumours to occur in children, however only around 1-2% of the tumours are cancerous.

Common symptoms that are associated with a neurogenic tumour include:

  • A cough

  • Problems with breathing

  • Chest pain

  • Night sweats

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Swollen or painful lymph nodes

  • Changes in bowel and bladder function

For this surgery, there were three different surgeons, from three different specialities present. Mr Nick Thomas, from London Neurosurgery Partnership; as the tumour lies along the nervous system it is essential that a neurosurgeon is present. Mr Deshpande, from London Cardiac and Vascular Associates; present as the cardiothoracic specialist due to the location of the tumour. Mr Dominic Valenti; he was there to assist with vascular access to the tumour and there was no excessive bleeding and that none of the major blood vessels were damaged.

The patient’s surgery was a great success thanks to these three teams working together.

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