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2023 Jan

J Surg Case Rep



A rare case of left parapharyngeal space large schwannoma of unknown origin.


Rais M A, Naouri Y, Awad AK
J Surg Case Rep. 2023 Jan; 2023(1):rjac578.
PMID: 36685115.


Schwannoma, also called neurilemmoma, is a rare neurogenic tumor exclusively benign that develops from a variety of glial nerve cells called Schwann cells. We present a 26-year-old female patient who was admitted with a history of dysphagia, headache and swelling going from the lower limit of the ear to the floor of the neck on the left side, which has been slowly progressing for 5 years. Upon local clinical examination, a well-defined mass was revealed, 6 × 5 cm in size, non-painful spontaneously, painful on direct palpation of the left neck. Computed tomography scan has shown a well-circumscribed large mass with heterogenous areas of enhancement in the left parapharyngeal space displacing the submandibular gland superiorly and the carotid sheath anterolaterally and compressing the oropharyngeal airway. Excision of the tumor was done by a combined route without post-operative complications noted. Histopathological examination revealed a benign schwannoma without the identification of the nerve of origin.