Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour

Case contributed by Dr Smita Deb


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Patient Data

Age: 69
Gender: Male
  • enhancing tumour at medial and superior aspect of the left orbit above the medial culpable fissure (1.7 x 0.8cm).
  • extension of tumour along supra-orbital and frontal branches back to the left cavernous sinus demonstrated by nerve enlargement and abnormal enhancement. 
  • the nerve lies in its position between the periosteum of the orbit and levator palpebrae superioris.
  • no extension into: intra-conal space, Meckel's cave or along cisternal portion of 5th nerve.   

Case Discussion

Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour of the left V1 involving supra-orbital and frontal branches.

The patient went on to have surgical excision of the left eye, adjacent skin and soft tissue. Pathology confirmed the tumour type and involvement of the supra-orbital nerve, orbital apex and other extrinsic eye nerves.

The supra-orbital nerve margin was involved by a plexiform neurofibroma, as well the architecture of the tumour was plexiform on histology which is suggestive of neurofibromatosis type 1. Up to 70% of malignant nerve sheath tumours are associated with neurofibromatosis type 1.


Case submitted by Dr Smita Deb and A/Prof Pramit Phal.

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rID: 32713
Published: 25th Feb 2015
Last edited: 27th Sep 2015
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