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

Laryngoscope. 2002 Jun;112(6):997-1002. doi: 10.1097/00005537-200206000-00011.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Glottis
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma* / pathology
  • Neurilemmoma* / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies