Schwannoma of the palatine tonsil
|H T Anil MS, DNB a1, B V Chandre Gowda MS, DLO a1, S Lakshmi DLO a1 and S R Niveditha MD, DNB a2|
a1 Department of ENT, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India
a2 Department of Pathology, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India
Schwannoma is a solitary, benign tumour arising from the neural sheath Schwann cells of the peripheral, cranial or autonomic nerves. In the head and neck region, it occurs most commonly in association with the acoustic nerve within the skull and is rarely found in oral structures. When it is found in oral structures, the tongue is reported to be the favoured site. Schwannoma of the tonsil is extremely rare, with only two cases reported in the literature. We report what is, to our knowledge, the third case of schwannoma of the tonsil, diagnosed by histopathology.
Key Words: Schwannoma; Tonsil; Surgical Procedures.