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Para-adrenal schwannoma mimicking a giant adrenal lesion
  1. Annalisa Montebello,
  2. Alison Psaila and
  3. Stephen Fava
  1. Diabetes and Endocrinology, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta
  1. Correspondence to Dr Annalisa Montebello; a.montebello{at}


A 57-year-old man was incidentally diagnosed with a 7 cm left-sided retroperitoneal mass. The mass was presumed to be arising from the left adrenal gland on a CT scan of the adrenal glands. Thus, a thorough workup ensued, looking into the possible functionality of the lesion. All investigations resulted in the negative. Subsequently, the patient was referred for surgery to fully characterise the tumour. Histology proved that the lesion was a benign retroperitoneal schwannoma with no relation to the adrenal gland.

  • radiology
  • general surgery

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  • Contributors AM wrote the case report together with input from AP and with constant guidance and supervision from SF.

  • 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.