Case Report - Otolaryngology Online Journal (2013) Volume 3, Issue 3
Schwannoma of the cervical vagus nerve: A rare benign neurogenic tumor
A schwannoma, also known as an acoustic neuroma, is a benign nerve sheath tumor composed of schwann cells, which normally produce the insulating myelin sheath covering the peripheral nerves. Schwannoma, originating from the cervical vagus nerve, is an extremely rare neoplasm that usually occurs in men between the 3rd and 6th decades of life. The most common presentation is a painless, slow-growing, lateral neck mass;this appears in a large proportion of cases. Complete surgical resection with care to protect the nerve of origin is the recommended treatment of choice. Here, we report a case of cervical vagal schwannoma in a 55-year-old male who admitted with the complaint of a firm and painless mass lesion on the right side of the neck. The management of the case is discussed along with the relevant literature.Author(s): Gokce Simsek, M.D., Mehmet Sahan, M.D., Behcet Gunsoy, M.D., Ataturker Arikok, M.D., Istemihan Akin, M.D.