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Schwannoma of Oropharynx: A Rare Presentation

Hemantkumar Onkar Nemade, Subbalaxmi Atmaram Jaiswal, Vidhyadhar Rudrappa Borade

Citation Information : Nemade HO, Jaiswal SA, Borade VR. Schwannoma of Oropharynx: A Rare Presentation. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2013; 5 (2):14-16.

DOI: 10.5005/aijoc-5-2-14

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-08-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Schwannomas are slow growing, encapsulated, solitary, benign tumors. They can arise from any myelinated nerve as they are tumors of neural sheath Schwann cells. Schwannoma seen in head and neck region are most commonly found in tongue, floor of mouth but rarely in oropharynx and tonsils. They are usually asymptomatic and rarely undergo malignant transformation. Schwannomas are considered radioresistant and recure less frequently after complete excision. Hence, complete surgical excision is treatment of choice. We are presenting a case of elderly female with oropharyngeal schwannoma completely extirpated transorally by dissection method by cold instruments. Due to rarity of presentation the surgical approach to this lesion is not well established. Following surgery the raw area created was well epithelized and patient relieved symptoms without significant morbidity. We conclude that this is a cost-effective and simple approach for management of other similar cases in future.

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