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Ganglioneuroma Overview

What is a ganglioneuroma?
A person with a ganglioneuroma has a tumor that forms in the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. A ganglioneuroma may form near the brain or spinal cord, or in the chest or abdomen. Ganglioneuromas are very rare, and most are not cancerous. These tumors may secrete hormones that may cause diarrhea, sweating, or excessive growth of body hair.

What are the symptoms of a ganglioneuroma?
Symptoms of a ganglioneuroma depend on its location in the body. Symptoms may include anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, excessive sweating, high blood pressure, palpitations, and a rapid pulse. Symptoms of a ganglioneuroma in the chest include chest pain and breathing difficulty. Symptoms of a ganglioneuroma in the abdomen include abdominal pain and abdominal swelling. Symptoms of a ganglioneuroma in the spine include back pain, neck pain, and sciatica symptoms.

How does the doctor treat a ganglioneuroma?
The treatment for ganglioneuroma depends on the type, size and location of the tumor. Treatment for ganglioneuroma includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ganglioneuroma References
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