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Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac Chir Orale. 2013 Feb;114(1):46-8. doi: 10.1016/j.stomax.2012.07.010. Epub 2012 Nov 22.

[Tongue base schwannoma in a child].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de pédiatrie, CHU Farhat Hached, avenue Ibn El Jazzar, 4000 Sousse, Tunisie.



A schwannoma is a benign slow growing tumor originating from the peripheral nerve sheath. Its tongue base location is extremely rare, especially in very young patients.


A 15-year-old female patient was admitted in emergency for moderate hematemesis. The clinical examination revealed swelling of the tongue base, causing the bleeding. This lesion had appeared when she was 3years of age and no treatment was done. A complete surgical excision was performed and the histopathological examination allowed diagnosing a tongue base schwannoma. The postoperative outcome was uneventful, and no recurrence was detected 6months after surgery.


The particularities of this report are the patient's very young age and the tumor's tongue base location. The prognosis is usually good after complete excision, if there is only one tumor. Type 2 neurofibromatosis should be excluded, given the risk of malignant degeneration.

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