Head and neck schwannomas are a rare form of tumour arising from the nerve sheath. They are often slow growing and asymptomatic, posing a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. The great auricular nerve (GAN) provides cutaneous innervation to the lower pinna, ear lobule and the inferior periauricular area. Hence, surgical management of GAN schwannomas can have sensory and functional dysfunction postoperatively, necessitating good counselling and communication with the patient. We present the first documented case of GAN schwannoma in the West, with literature review and considerations for surgical management.
- head and neck surgery
- otolaryngology / ENT
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Contributors SO, AA-F and SP contributed equally to the conception and design of case report, acquisition of data including clinical/literature search, analysis and interpretation of data collected and drafting of article and/or critical revision. PW provided the final approval and is the guarantor of the manuscript.
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.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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