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      Abdominal schwannomas: review of imaging findings and pathology.

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          Abstract

          Schwannomas are typically slow growing, encapsulated benign neoplasms. Visceral schwannomas are rare, and preoperative diagnosis is challenging, as they are often confused with other neoplasms even with advanced imaging studies. Surgical excision is usually needed to establish a definitive diagnosis, as pathology is the "gold standard." We review the imaging findings of abdominal schwannomas focusing on pancreatic, gastrointestinal, and retroperitoneal/adrenal schwannomas with pathology correlation. We conclude that schwannoma should be included in the broad differential diagnosis of an abdominal mass and that when it is unnecessary radical resection can be avoided.

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          Journal
          Abdom Radiol (NY)
          Abdominal radiology (New York)
          Springer Nature America, Inc
          2366-0058
          July 2017
          : 42
          : 7
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 601 N. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD, 21287, USA. nlee54@jhmi.edu.
          [2 ] Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD, 21287, USA.
          [3 ] Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 601 N. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD, 21287, USA.
          Article
          10.1007/s00261-017-1088-5
          10.1007/s00261-017-1088-5
          28265705

          Abdominal tumor, GI tumors, Nerve sheath tumor, Schwannoma

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