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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-32

Hypopharyngeal schwannoma: A rare case presentation and review of literatures

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Pathology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 3452, Kano, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Abdulazeez O Ahmed
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bayero University, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, P.M.B. 3452
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0331-8540.117243

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Schwannomas are benign tumors of nerve cells and are particularly quite rare in the hypopharynx. To our knowledge only nine cases have been reported world-wide. We present a 27-year-old Hausa/Fulani housewife who developed slowly progressive and unremitting hoarseness and foreign body sensation in the throat. She had indirect laryngoscopy at presentation with subsequent examination under anesthesia, which revealed a soft ovoid pinkish swelling arising from the posterior pharyngeal wall in the hypopharynx. After a preliminary tracheotomy, the mass was mobilized and delivered trans-orally. She made an uneventful recovery and was discharged home. This uncommon presentation further emphasizes the dilemma of access and approach posed by hypopharyngeal masses.

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