Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Nerve Sheath Tumor in Cats

ADVERTISEMENT

Treatment

 

The treatment of choice is surgical removal (excision) of the tumor. Amputation of the affected limb is usually necessary, and local recurrence after surgery is common. A laminectomy (surgery of the spine to relieve pressure) is indicated with a schwannoma involving the nerve roots. Radiotherapy may be helpful, dependent on how far the growth has gone, and should be discussed with your veterinarian.

 

Living and Management

 

After surgical excision of schwannoma, 72 percent of all cases will have a recurrence. If this type of tumor is affecting the limb, the closer to the paw the schwannoma is the easier it will be to treat. Schwannomas only rarely spread to the regional lymph nodes or to the lungs, staying mainly in the nerve cells.

 

 

Related Articles

Brain and Spinal Cord Inflammation (Polioencephalomyelitis) in Cats

Polioencephalomyelitis is a non-suppurative meningoencephalomyelitis(non-draining inflammation of the gray matter of the brain and spinal cord)....

READ MORE
Front Leg Injury in Cats

Cats can experience a forelimb issue after experiencing an injury due to jumping, being in a road accident, a traumatic fall, or after being...

READ MORE
Narrowing of Vertebral Canal in Cats

Cauda Equina Syndrome involves narrowing of vertebral canal which results in compression of spinal nerve roots in lumber and sacrum regions....

READ MORE
Head Pressing in Cats

Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally...

READ MORE
Around the Web
MORE FROM PETMD.COM