Retropharyngeal Space Schwannoma: A Rare Entity

Gallo, Stefania and Bandi, Francesco and Maffioli, Marco Paolo and Giudice, Marco and Castelnuovo, Paolo and Fazio, Enrico and Karligkiotis, Apostolos (2017) Retropharyngeal Space Schwannoma: A Rare Entity. Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 29 (6). pp. 353-357.

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Introduction: Retropharyngeal space schwannomas are rare entities. About 20-45 of schwannomas occur in the head and neck region; however, they represent less than 1 of all head and neck tumors. Case Report: We present the case of a 36-year-old woman complaining of dysphagia caused by a large schwannoma arising in the posterior pharyngeal wall with remarkable reduction of the oropharyngeal space. The tumor was resected through a combined transoral and cervicotomic transmandibular approach due to its dimension. No recurrence was observed after a two-year follow up. This case represents the thirteenth case reported in international literature. Conclusion: Preoperative settings for rare tumors such as retropharyngeal schwannomas should include radiological investigations and preoperative biopsy. In order to obtain a successful result in terms of radicality, a combined surgical approach may be necessary to completely control the extension of the lesion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WV Otolaryngology
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Otorhinolaryngology
Depositing User: ijo ijo
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2017 17:38
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2017 17:38

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