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Schwannoma of the true vocal fold: A rare diagnosis

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January 1, 2006
by Jennifer Taylor, BS; Marc Stiefel, MD; Steven Y. Park, MD
Schwannomas of the larynx are rare, benign, slowly growing tumors. When they do occur, they are most often isolated in the aryepiglottic folds or false vocal folds. When a tumor originates in the larynx, it typically causes hoarseness and a globus sensation. As the tumor expands, it may cause dyspnea, stridor, and possibly asphyxiation as a result of the mass effect. In this article, we report an unusual case of a schwannoma of the true vocal fold in a young woman.

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