Parapharyngeal neurofibromas

J Laryngol Otol. 1992 Mar;106(3):243-6. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100119164.


This paper is a retrospective study of 15 patients with parapharyngeal neurofibromas operated over a six year period. No patient presented with a neurological deficit. CT scans revealed a well encapsulated moderately enhancing mass in ten cases. The tumour was removed by a transcervical approach in ten cases while in five a cervical-transpharyngeal route with mandibulotomy was used; in three of the latter group the tumour was retropharyngeal. In two cases a recurrence was successfully excised. It was realized that a mandibulotomy was required when the internal carotid was displaced medially, or if the tumour extended to the base of skull or when its vertical diameter exceeded 8 cm.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandible / surgery
  • Neck
  • Neurofibroma / diagnostic imaging
  • Neurofibroma / surgery*
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed