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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 517879, 5 pages
Case Report

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour: CT and MRI Findings

1Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy, University Hospital Tor Vergata, Viale Oxford, 81-00133 Rome, Italy
2Department of Surgery “P. Valdoni”, Policlinico Umberto I, Sapienza University, Viale del Policlinico, 155-00161 Rome, Italy

Received 4 May 2013; Accepted 27 June 2013

Academic Editors: B. J. Barron, C. Chaskis, A. Hiwatashi, and A. Vade

Copyright © 2013 Massimiliano Sperandio 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.


Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour (MPNST) is extremely rare malignancy in the general population, occurring more frequently in patients with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). In the literature five cases of MPNST arising from the parapharyngeal space (PPS) in patients without neurofibromatosis have been reported. We report imaging techniques in a patient with MPNST in the PPS, who had neither a family history nor sign of NF1. Computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed for a correct therapeutic planning. CT and MRI findings were correlated with hystopathological diagnosis.