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Abrikossoff tumor

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(AH-bree-KAH-sof TOO-mer)A rare type of soft tissue tumor that usually begins in Schwann cells (cells that hold nerve cells in place).

Where it forms?

It can occur anywhere in the body, but it usually occurs in or under the skin of the head and neck (especially the mouth or tongue). It may also occur in the chest, breast, esophagus, stomach, or other internal organ.

Is it cancerous?

Most Abrikossoff tumors are benign (not cancer), but some may be malignant (cancer) and spread quickly to nearby tissue.

Who is at risk?

They usually occur in middle-aged adults.

Other names

Also called granular cell tumor.


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