Ancient schwannoma mimicking a thyroid mass with retrosternal extension

Suresh Pillai, Ashish Chandra Agarwal, Mary Mathew, Dipak Ranjan Nayak

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We report the case of a middle-aged hypothyroid woman presenting with a neck swelling, voice change and breathing difficulty. On evaluation, she was diagnosed to have goitre with retrosternal extension. The mass was surgically excised and a histopathological report of ancient schwannoma was obtained. A review of literature on schwannomas of the head and neck was carried out. An ancient schwannoma should be considered as one of the differential diagnosis of a cervical mass, even though the clinical presentation point towards a thyroid swelling. At 6 months follow-up, the patient was found to be asymptomatic except for a hoarse voice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number200608
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 03-09-2013

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