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2020 Sep 08

Acta Neurochir (Wien)

Percutaneous image-guided biopsy in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors.


Pendleton C, Howe MB, Spinner RJ
Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2020 Sep 08.
PMID: 32901394.


The decision to biopsy a peripheral nerve tumor is largely based on its presumed behavior and prognosis, determined by patient history, clinical exam, and radiologic characteristics. Percutaneous image-guided biopsy is not without risk in patients with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs); in particular, there may be concern regarding worsening neurologic function, increasing neuropathic pain, and incorrect or absent diagnosis.