Benign schwannoma: demonstration of Verocay bodies using fine needle aspiration

Acta Cytol. Mar-Apr 1977;21(2):316-9.


The cytologic findings in fine needle aspiration biopsy from case of benign Schwannoma of the vagus nerve are presented. In addition to the presence of individual spindle-shaped neoplastic cells, histiocytes and blood, characteristic Verocay bodies were identified. These showed peripheral arrangement of their nuclei within the cell masses, leaving central areas of fibrillary cytoplasm. The differential diagnosis of this tumor from some of the other neoplasms is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Cytodiagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma / diagnosis*
  • Neurilemmoma / ultrastructure
  • Vagus Nerve*