Palatal schwannoma in a young female patient: report of a case and review of the literature
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A few cases of oral schwannomas in paediatric patients have appeared in the literature so far; however, there are no studies focusing solely on paediatric oral schwannomas. The aim of this study is to report a case of palatal schwannoma in a young female patient and review the pertinent literature on oral schwannomas in paediatric patients.
A 12-year-old girl presented with a growing swelling of 2 weeks duration on the hard palate. With a provisional diagnosis of a salivary gland neoplasm an incisional biopsy was performed under local anesthesia and the histologic examination disclosed an Antony A type schwannoma.
Complete surgical resection of the lesion was performed under local anaesthesia through a palatal mucosa incision and paraffin gauze was sutured on the surgical area for protection during secondary healing. The bone underlying the tumor was normal. The postoperative period was uneventful and 2 weeks after excision the gauze were removed.
There have been no signs of recurrence during a 18-month follow up period.
A palatal swelling in a child or adolescent may represent a neoplasm, such as a schwannoma and requires careful clinical and radiographic evaluation of the dentition.
KeywordsMouth neoplasms Palatal neoplasms Nerve sheath neoplasms Neurilemmoma Schwannoma Child Adolescent
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Author Tamiolakis Paris declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author Kalyvas Demos declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author Arvanitidou Ioanna declares that she has no conflict of interest. Author Vlachaki Adamantia declares that she has no conflict of interest. Author Tosios Konstantinos I declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author Sklavounou-Andrikopoulou Alexandra declares that she has no conflict of interest.
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