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Clinical Note
November 2001

Cerebellopontine Angle Tumor Composed of Schwann and Meningeal Proliferations

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(11):1385-1389. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.11.1385

Tumors found in the cerebellopontine angle are predominantly vestibular schwannomas. Mixed tumors found within the cerebellopontine angle are thought to be exceedingly rare and exclusively associated with neurofibromatosis 2. We report a case of a mixed tumor composed of Schwann and meningeal cell proliferations in a patient who was not diagnosed as having neurofibromatosis 2. Mixed tumors composed of neoplastic Schwann and meningeal cells have rarely been reported. However, new evidence indicates that these mixed tumors may be more common than was previously thought and may have an interrelated mechanism of pathogenesis. Although the case we describe does not fulfill the current diagnostic criteria for neurofibromatosis 2, a presumptive diagnosis was given, suggesting that the current diagnostic criteria for neurofibromatosis 2 may be too narrow.

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