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Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2006 Sep;22(9):461-4.

Neurofibroma of the lingual nerve: a case report.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


A neurofibroma of the lingual nerve is a rare clinical finding, the most common lesion site of a lingual neurofibroma being the tongue. In most situations, it is difficult to determine the precise nerve origins. Herein, we report a case of lingual nerve neurofibroma that presented as a submandibular mass, mimicking a submandibular gland tumor or solitary lymphadenopathy. Complete surgical excision of such a lesion for histopathologic examination provides a better treatment and final diagnosis. For a patient presenting with neurofibromatosis and a submandibular mass, a neurofibroma of nerve origin should be considered in the differential diagnosis.

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