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Extratemporal intraparotid facial nerve schwannoma
  1. Stuti Chowdhary,
  2. Saranya Thangavel,
  3. Sivaraman Ganesan and
  4. Arun Alexander
  1. ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Saranya Thangavel; softsaran.nrp{at}


Schwannomas of the eighth nerve are common, usually found in syndromic association with neurofibromatosis-2. The occurrence of seventh nerve schwannoma, especially in its extratemporal course, is very rare. Here, we present a case report of an extratemporal facial nerve schwannoma diagnosed preoperatively with cytopathology and postoperative histopathologic confirmation. Histopathology provides the confirmatory diagnosis in such cases. An atypical diagnosis of neural schwannomas should be kept in mind when facial palsy is clinically encountered in the absence of any other aetiological factors.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • cranial nerves
  • pathology

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  • Contributors SC: drafting the article and acquisition of data. ST: conception and design, interpretation of data. Agreement to be accountable for the article and to ensure that all questions regarding the accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved. SG: revising it critically for important intellectual content. AA: final approval of the version published, revising it critically for important intellectual content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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