Head and Neck Oncology

Case report

Nature of Head & Neck Tumours

Ebmeyer J, Reineke U, Gehl HB, Hamberger U, Mlynski R, Essing M, Upile T, Sudhoff H. Schwannoma of the larynx. Head Neck Oncol. 2009 Jul 8;1:24.


Neurogenic tumors of the larynx are extremely rare. The goal of this report is to advert to this rare disease, to review and discuss diagnostics, differential diagnoses and treatment options. Study Design: Retrospective case report and review of the literature. Methods: Case report of a schwannoma of the supraglottic larynx and review of the English- and German-language literature regarding neurogenic tumors of the larynx. Results: Neurogenic laryngeal tumors typically involve the supraglottic larynx, rarely the glottis. They can course globus sensation, dysphagia, dysphonia and upper airway obstruction. Imaging does not yield a definite diagnosis. The only curative treatment option is complete surgical resection. Conclusions: A definite diagnosis can only be made histologically. Endoscopic (laser-) resection for smaller lesions and external approaches for larger lesions are recommended treatment options.

Corresponding Author

J?rg Ebmeyer (joerg.ebmeyer@web.de)