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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Frequency: 3 issues
Online ISSN 1827-1901
Longo F. 1, Zupi A. 2, Mangone G. M. 2, Buono U. 2, Califano L. 2
1 Department of ENT-Head and Neck Surgery National Cancer Institute of Naples “Fondazione Pascale”, Naples, Italy
2 Department of Maxillofacial Surgery “Federico II” School of Medicine and Surgery University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Schwannoma of the brachial plexus represents a very unusual occurrence. Microscopically, schwannomas, which originate from Schwann cells, are composed of densely-packed spindle cells or more loosely-textured myxoid stroma. Clinically, schwannomas present only late symptoms of neural impairment. The imaging techniques and fine needle aspiration biopsy allow to obtain a safe and correct preoperative diagnosis. Total tumor resection is recommended rather than preservation of the nerve bundle, and if complete enucleation is performed, no recurrence should be expected. A case of schwannoma of the brachial plexus observed at the Department of Maxillo-facial Surgery of the “Federico II” University of Naples is presented.