Intra-parotid facial nerve schwannoma with intra-temporal extension; a case report. Is there a role for stereotactic radiotherapy?

Gianluca Ingrosso, Elisabetta Ponti, Daniela di Cristino, Sara Terenzi, Sara Cicchetti, Pasquale Morelli, Roberto Miceli, Ernesto Bruno, Riccardo Santoni
American Journal of Otolaryngology 2013, 34 (3): 258-61
Facial nerve schwannoma (FNS) is an extremely rare benign tumour that may arise anywhere along the course of the facial nerve; the standard treatment is total removal via microsurgery. Stereotactic radiotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of skull base tumours, in particular for acoustic neuromas; it is interesting to notice that also the few data existing in literature about the use of radiotherapy for non acoustic schwannomas show an excellent local control rate and few adverse effects. Here we report a case of facial nerve neuroma, involving the nerve sheath from the geniculate ganglion to the parotid gland, treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy after debulking surgery.

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