Schwannomas are benign slow growing
tumors that arise from the Schwann cells of nerve, also
called neurilemmoma. Head and Neck schwannomas
usually present as solitary with well demarcated lesions.
These tumors usually remain asymptomatic but present
as slowly enlarging neck masses. Its origin is only
determined during surgical procedure along the course
and distribution of the nerve. Preoperative diagnosis is
usually made by physical examination and aided by
ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging or
computed tomography and fine needle aspiration
cytology but open biopsy is not recommended. The main
stay of treatment is complete intracapsular excision
with preserving the nerve of origin.
Keywords : Schwannomas, Benign tumors, Lateral neck mas