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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2004 June;48(2):75-80

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Isolated, benign, intraorbital schwannoma arising from the supraorbital nerve. Case report and review of the literature

Barbagallo G. M. V. 1, 2, Russo A. 3, Mendoza N. D. 1

1 West London Neurosciences Centre Charing Cross Hospital Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine London, UK 2 Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosciences University of Catania, Catania, Italy 3 Section of Ophthalmology Department of Medical-Surgical Specialties University of Catania, Catania, Italy


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The authors describe the rare case of a 65-year-old man, with absent clinical evidence of von Recklinghausen’s disease, harbouring an isolated, benign schwannoma of the right supraorbital nerve. The patient presented a progressive, painless proptosis of the eye for the past 2 years, did not complain of any intra- or periorbital pain, and did not experience any form of visual disturbance or field defect. The lesion was completely resected using a fronto-orbitozygomatic approach. The clinicopathological, radiological and surgical features are discussed, and the literature on supraorbital nerve schwannomas reviewed. To the authors’ knowledge the fronto-orbitozygomatic approach has not been previously reported for the removal of supraorbital nerve tumors.

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