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Neurosurg Focus. 2007 Jun 15;22(6):E24.

Granular cell tumor involving the axillary nerve: an unusual occurrence. Case report.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Evanston, Illinois, USA.


Granular cell tumors (GCTs) are benign lesions that, paradoxically, despite originating from the Schwann cell, are most commonly seen in nonneuronal tissue including the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and tongue. Their presence in the brachial plexus is quite rare, but their involvement of peripheral nerves is exceptional. The authors report on a case of GCT involving the axillary nerve in a 54-year-old woman who underwent complete resection of the lesion. To the author's knowledge, this case marks the first report of a GCT involving the axillary nerve. Aspects pertaining to the radiographic and histopathological features as well as the surgical management of this lesion are discussed.

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