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Rare case of lingual nerve schwannoma of parapharyngeal space
  1. Muhammad Hammad Deewani,
  2. Muhammad Hassan Danish and
  3. Muhammad Sohail Awan
  1. Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muhammad Hammad Deewani; m.hammadwahid{at}


Schwannoma of parapharyngeal space is an uncommon benign tumour of head and neck region. These are slow-growing and usually well-encapsulated masses arising from Schwann cells of cranial nerves. The majority of schwannoma in parapharyngeal space arise from vagus; however, cases have been reported with origin from other cranial nerves. Complete surgical excision is the treatment of choice. We recently experienced a case of schwannoma arising in parapharyngeal space of lingual nerve origin which was treated by transcervical excision.

  • surgery
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology

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  • Contributors MHD: draft writing. MHD: critical analysis. MSA: supervision and final review.

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