What is it?

Ganglioneuroma is a benign rare tumor of the autonomic nerve fibers which typically occurs in the abdomen. It could also develop in the adrenal glands, head, neck and mediastinum. There are no known risk factors for ganglioneuroma, but it is linked to some mutations such as neurofibromatosis 1.

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Additional names

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- Ganglioneuroma

Signs & symptoms

Ganglioneuroma is usually asymptomatic and is typically found accidentally. Symptoms depend on the site of the tumor and may include breathing difficulty, chest pain, abdominal pain, bloating, spinal deformity and more. Some tumors may also secrete hormones, causing high blood pressure, increased body hair and more.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests, blood and urine tests. In order to confirm the diagnosis a biopsy may be taken.


Treatment is not always necessary. If the symptoms interrupt the patient greatly, surgery may be done to remove the tumor.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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