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Submandibular nodal schwannoma: where did it come from?
  1. Siti Farhana Abdul Razak1,2,
  2. Hardip Singh Gendeh3,4 and
  3. Anuar Idris1
  1. 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  2. 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
  3. 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
  4. 4Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hardip Singh Gendeh; hardip88{at}


Schwannoma, a type of benign neurological tumour arising from Schwann cells, is commonly seen in the head and neck region. However, the incidence of cervical lymph node schwannoma is extremely rare, with only two cases reported in the literature. Schwannomatosis is a disease characterised by a constellation of multiple schwannomas seen in a patient, guided by at least one confirmational histological diagnosis. This is a case of a painless progressively enlarging submandibular swelling which is confirmed as a schwannoma based on histology. The patient is also diagnosed with schwannomatosis as the patient has multiple neurological tumours. Nodal schwannoma has a good prognosis and no documentation of recurrence in the literature. It may arise from sympathetic nerves located within the lymph node.

  • Ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Otolaryngology / ENT
  • Neurosurgery

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