NEURILEMMOMAS of the pharynx are extremely rare tumors. Koop,1 in 1947, reviewed the literature and found six reported cases. He added five of his own, and in 1949 Slaughter2 reported four more, with a discussion of the differential diagnosis. This tumor was first described by Verocay3 in 1908 and has been known by such names as neurinoma, peripheral glioma, and schwannoma. Stout4 reported 52 cases in 1935 and proposed that the term neurilemmoma be used.
These tumors arise from the nerve sheath of the peripheral nerve and, unlike neurofibroma, are usually single and do not undergo malignant change.
This case is of interest because of the rarity of the lesion in this location.
REPORT OF CASE
B. M., a 24-year-old white woman, was seen because of swelling of the posterior pharyngeal wall that had been noted on a routine physical examination. The patient was totally unaware
HANLEY JS, DAVOL RT. PHARYNGEAL NEURILEMMOMA: Report of One Case with Removal by Intraoral Approach. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(2):207–208. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020226013
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