Neurinoma of the facial nerve has received scant mention in the literature and is apparently a rare entity.
The discovery of such a tumor at about the time Williams and Pastore1 reported a case from the Mayo Clinic stating that "careful search of the literature has failed to reveal any report of a similar case" prompted a further search of the literature and a report of another case.
Until Virchow's treatise on tumors ( 1863-1867)2 all tumors of nerves were classed indiscriminately as neuromas. He subdivided these info true and false neuromas, the false neuromas composed chiefly of connective tissue being classified as neurofibromas.In 1870 von Bruns3 described plexiform neurofibroma, but wide attention was not called to this type of tumor until the classic work of von Recklinghausen4 on neurofibromatosis in 1882. This disorder, universally known as Recklinghausen's disease, is characterized by the appearance of multiple tumors
ROBERTS GJ. NEURINOMA OF THE FACIAL NERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAR AND MASTOID: REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(1):62–73. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030069006
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