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Mandibular Swing Approach for a Recurrent Para Pharyngeal Space Tumor - Report of a Case.

Para pharyngeal space tumors , most of them benign, account for some 0.5% of tumors of head & neck. The importance of these tumors lie mainly in two aspects- on the one hand, the difficulty of early diagnosis & on the other hand the extreme complications of performing surgery in Para pharyngeal region. This article discusses a clinical case of recurrent para pharyngeal tumor. A 32 yr old man presented with a recurrent left side neck swelling,4cm in diameter,which was subsequently confirmed as schwannoma by FNAC. Para pharyngeal tumor was successfully removed by mandibular swing approach & excision technique. His post operative course was uneventful & the pre operative clinical symptoms such as dysphagia & dysphnea completely resolved after surgery.

Author(s): Balasubramanian Thiagarajan, Karthika A