Schwannoma of the cervical esophagus: Report of 2 cases and a review of the literature | Ear, Nose & Throat Journal Skip to content Skip to navigation

Schwannoma of the cervical esophagus: Report of 2 cases and a review of the literature

| Reprints
September 21, 2015
by Yu-Long Wang, MD; Jian-Guang Sun, MD; Jian Wang, MD; Wen-Jun Wei, MD; Yong-Xue Zhu, MD; Yu Wang, MD; Guo-Hua Sun, MD; Kuan Xu, MD; Hui Li, MD; Ling Zhang, MD; Qing-Hai Ji, MD

Abstract

Schwannomas of the cervical esophagus are extremely rare, as fewer than a dozen reports have been published in the literature. Therefore, their clinical characteristics and management have not been definitively elucidated. We report 2 cases of cervical esophageal schwannoma (CES) in which the patients-a 52-year-old woman and a 53-year-old woman-were initially misdiagnosed clinically. The correct diagnosis was later established on the basis of contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and intraoperative frozen-section analysis. In both cases, the tumor was enucleated, and the esophagus was closed by primary intention. Both patients resumed an oral diet 2 weeks postoperatively. Follow-up detected no evidence of recurrence. Our review of the literature revealed that CES is a benign mesenchymal tumor that can be misdiagnosed both clinically and pathologically. Preoperative contrast-enhanced CT and intraoperative frozen-section analysis help in the planning for conservative enucleation, which precludes the need for esophageal resection and its associated morbidity.

ENT Journal provides full text articles to our registered members.
Please log in or sign up for a FREE membership to view the full content:

You may also like to: