Synchronous Development of Multicentric Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors: Institutional Review

Pierce A. Peters, Megan C. Kaszuba, Aditya Raghunathan, Ross C. Puffer, Robert Spinner

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Background: Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are rare soft tissue sarcomas, with approximately 50% occurring in patients diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). NF-1 occurs in approximately 1/3000 individuals, and given that the lifetime prevalence of MPNST is estimated at 8%–13%, synchronous development of separate MPNSTs is plausible. We sought to report the incidence of synchronous MPNST in a cohort of pathology-proven cases since 1994. Methods: Records since 1994 were queried and identified 192 patients with pathology-proven MPNST. Medical records of these patients were reviewed to search for patients with synchronous MPNSTs. Results: Retrospective review of 192 patients treated for MPNST at our institution (including 71 patients with NF-1) revealed only 1 patient with synchronous MPNSTs. A 48-year-old woman with NF-1 presented with progressive right upper and lower extremity pain and radicular symptoms. Biopsies of right sciatic and median nerve lesions revealed high-grade MPNST, and she underwent radiotherapy and complete resection of both masses. Due to initial nonspecific biopsy results and patient preference, treatment of the median nerve lesion was delayed by 8 months. She did not have recurrence of her disease at the 18-month follow-up. Conclusions: Synchronous development of MPNST is unusual, with an incidence of 1.4% in our cohort of NF-1 patients with MPNSTs. Given the reported incidence of synchronous MPNST, the rate of malignant transformation in NF-1 may be overestimated. However, heightened suspicion for malignant transformation should continue in patients harboring a diagnosis of MPNST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • Multicentric
  • Synchronous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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