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Two cases of neurilemmoma of the tongue

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November 1, 2007
by Kadambari Batra, DLO, DNB, Anil Kumar Rai, MS, Neena Chaudhary, MS, and Sameer Topno, MBBS


Neurilemmomas of the tongue are uncommon. When they do occur, treatment is simple. However, diagnosis is invariably delayed because of the vagueness of symptoms. We encountered 2 cases of this unusual tumor within weeks of each other. In 1 of these cases, the definitive diagnosis was delayed because of the atypical clinical picture—that is, an abscess in the tongue that had caused respiratory distress. We describe our management of these 2 cases, and we discuss what has been published in the literature regarding the presentation, diagnosis, histopathology, treatment, and prognosis for patients with glossal neuri-lemmoma.

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