Primary Benign Brachial Plexus Tumors: An Experience of 115 Operated Cases

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Primary benign brachial plexus tumors are rare. They pose a great challenge to the neurosurgeon, as the majority of patients presents with minimal or no neurological deficits. Radical to complete excision of the tumor with preservation of neurological function of the involved nerve is an ideal surgical treatment option with benign primary brachial plexus tumor surgery. We present a review article of our 10-year experience with primary benign brachial plexus tumors surgically treated at King Edward Memorial Hospital and P.D Hinduja National Hospital from 2000 to 2009.

The clinical presentations, radiological features, surgical strategies and the eventual outcome following surgery are analyzed and discussed and compared with available series in the world literature. Various difficulties and problems faced in the management of primary benign brachial plexus tumors are analyzed. Irrespective of the tumor size the indications for surgical intervention are also discussed. The goal of our study was to optimize the treatment of patients with benign brachial plexus tumors with minimal neurological deficits. It is of paramount importance that brachial plexus tumors be managed by a peripheral nerve surgeon with expertise and experience in this field to minimize the neurological insult following surgery.

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