Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNST) are rare tumours, which usually occur in patients with multiple neurofibromatosis. They are common in the head and neck and trunk and only a few cases have been reported in the hand. Many of these occur in patients with von Recklinghausen’s disease and rarely as a malignant transformation of benign schwannomas. When they appear in the hand they often present with various symptoms. We encountered a patient who presented with a longstanding asymptomatic swelling of the palm. On excision the histopathology showed a high-grade malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour, which led us to speculate that a malignant transformation had occurred in a pre-existing benign swelling. This is reported for its unusual presentation, which, to our knowledge, has never been described previously.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 1, 2005
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