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Schwannoma mimicking laryngocele.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine and Research Center for Sensory Organs, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology (Impact Factor: 0.88). 09/2010; 3(3):166-71. DOI: 10.3342/ceo.2010.3.3.166
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ABSTRACT A schwannoma of the larynx is a rare benign tumor that usually presents as a submucosal mass in the pyriform sinus and the aryepiglottic space, and this type of schwannoma constitutes a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for otolaryngologists. We present here two cases of supraglottic schwannomas that were misdiagnosed as laryngoceles. Both were excised through a lateral thyrotomy approach without a tracheostomy, and the laryngeal function was successfully maintained. We discuss the clinical and imaging findings and the management of this rare neoplasm with focusing on the differential diagnosis of laryngeal schwannoma and laryngocele. We also review the relevant medical literature.

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