Surgeons from three specialities come together to treat Neurogenic tumour in paediatric patient

A neurogenic tumour is a tumour that originates from the cells that make up the nervous system. They are most commonly found in the mediastinum, which is the area between the lungs. Theses are common tumours to occur in children, however only around 1-2% of the tumours are cancerous.

For this surgery, there were three different surgeons, from three different specialities present. Mr Nick Thomas, from London Neurosurgery Partnership; as the tumour is along the nervous system it is essential that a neurosurgeon is present. Mr Despande, from London Cardiac and Vascular Associates; he was there as the cardiothoracic specialist due to the location of the tumour. Mr Dominic Valenti; he was there to assist with vascular access to the tumour and there was no excessive bleeding and that none of the major blood vessels were damaged.

Common symptoms that are associated with a neurogenic tumour include:

  • A cough

  • Problems with breathing

  • Chest pain

  • Night sweats

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Swollen or painful lymph nodes

  • Changes in bowel and bladder function