Plexiform schwannoma of the posterior pharyngeal wall in a patient with neurofibromatosis 2

Ear Nose Throat J. 2015 Mar;94(3):E17-9.


We report a case of plexiform schwannoma of the posterior pharyngeal wall that occurred in a 37-year-old man who had been previously diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Plexiform schwannoma has been rarely reported in association with NF2. Moreover, as far as we know, only 6 cases of posterior pharyngeal wall schwannoma have been previously reported in the literature, none of which was associated with NF2 and none of which was histopathologically differentiated in schwannoma or plexiform schwannoma. The patient was treated with laser excision of the tumor via a transoral route, and at 6 and 12 months of follow-up, he exhibited no signs of recurrence. To the best of our knowledge, our patient represents the first reported case of a posterior pharyngeal wall schwannoma that occurred in association with NF2 and the first case in which the schwannoma was removed via transoral laser excision. This case illustrates that plexiform schwannoma is a possible finding in NF2 and that transoral laser excision is a safe surgical procedure in such a case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Endoscopy
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy
  • Male
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / pathology*
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / surgery
  • Neurilemmoma / pathology*
  • Neurilemmoma / surgery
  • Neurofibromatosis 2 / pathology*
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / surgery