Vafiadis M, Panopoulou M, Exarchakos G, Fiska A, Simasko N.

6th International Conference on Pediatric Orl. 16-19 May 2004 Athens Greece

Ανακοινώθηκε και δημοσιεύθηκε η περίληψη στo περιοδικό Ιnternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2004, 68, 667.

Κλινική εργασία – case report.

Objective: Schwannoma, in the English literature mostly called neurilemmoma is well known by the ENT – Surgeon as a benign tumour of the acoustic nerve. It is a neurogenic tumour that arises from the Schwann cells, which enclose the axons of the peripheral nervous system. Except for the 8th cranial nerve, it is seldom found at other peripheral nerves in the region of the head and neck. Especially in the tongue a location of a Schwannoma has so far only in some individual cases described (according to the most recent series of patients, about 40 cases).

Methods: We present a case of a male child 13 years old, with a Schwannoma, measuring 3.1 X 1.8 X 1.5 cm, which arose in the tip of the tongue.

Results: The tumour was a slowly growing mass producing few symptoms. The diagnosis made as usual post – operatively by histological examination. The treatment was exclusively surgical and enucleation of the mass was uncomplicated, without further recurrence.

Conclusions: We would like to add a further case of a Schwannoma of the tongue, especially in a child, thus allowing the possibility to be considered in the general diagnosis.