Obstructive supraglottic schwannoma: A case report and review of the literature

Frederick S. Rosen, Anna M. Pou, Francis B. Quinn

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Objective: At the conclusion of the current presentation, the participants should be able to describe the etiology, presentation, histopathologic identification, and treatment options for schwannoma of the larynx. Objectives: Nerve sheath tumors rarely occur within the larynx. The goal of the current report is to acquaint the clinician with the presentation and treatment options for this disease. Study Design: Retrospective case report and review of the literature. Methods: We report one case of schwannoma of the supraglottic larynx at the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX). In addition, we review English-language publications regarding laryngeal nerve sheath tumors. Results: Laryngeal nerve sheath tumors have an insidious course, commonly involve the supraglottic larynx, and can lead to upper airway obstruction. Cure is achieved by complete surgical excision. Conclusions: Median thyrotomy has proven to be safe and successful in the treatment of supraglottic schwannoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1002
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Nerve sheath tumor
  • Schwannoma
  • Supraglottic larynx
  • Upper airway obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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