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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 762524, 3 pages
Case Report

Giant Plexiform Schwannoma of the Tongue

1Department of ENT., Hôpital de Sion-CHCVs-RSV, Avenue du Grand Champsec 80, 1950 Sion, Switzerland
2Department of Pathology, Central Institute of the Valais Hospitals, 1950 Sion, Switzerland

Received 27 July 2011; Accepted 12 September 2011

Academic Editors: E. Mevio and C.-S. Rhee

Copyright © 2011 Lluís Nisa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present the case of a 38-year-old woman that presented with a very slowly enlarging mass of the tongue. MRI revealed a large mass originating in the tongue base and extending to the supraglottic space. Biopsy of this tumor confirmed the diagnosis of schwannoma. An endaural approach allowed complete resection of the tumor. Definitive histopathological examination showed a plexiform schwannoma. Schwannoma or neurilemoma represents a benign tumor potentially affecting any nerve. The head and neck region is a relatively common location for schwannomas, but tongue schwannomas are considered to be rare and pose the problem of both clinical and histological differential diagnosis of tongue masses.