Intraparotid facial nerve schwannoma: Clinician beware

July 31, 2009
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Abstract

Intraparotid facial nerve schwannomas are rare neoplasms that are challenging to diagnose and manage. Many patients present with a painless, palpable facial mass. The presence of facial paralysis is variable. Imaging studies and fine-needle aspiration cytology are not always helpful in preoperative diagnosis. With early diagnosis of facial nerve schwannoma, management of the patient can be planned and, ultimately, facial nerve function optimized. By reviewing the literature and 2 cases from a series of patients seen in our practice, we provide insight into the current diagnosis and treatment of a rare pathology.

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