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Am J Otolaryngol. 2010 Mar-Apr;31(2):139-40. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2008.11.009. Epub 2009 Mar 27.

Schwannoma of the hard palate.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212, USA.


Schwannomas are rare, benign neoplasms that can arise from any cranial, peripheral, or autonomic nerve that contains Schwann cells. Approximately 25% to 45% of all schwannomas occur in the head and neck. They occur most commonly in the eighth cranial nerve, but it has been reported that 20% to 58% arise in the oral cavity, with approximately 10% of these located on the hard palate. We report a case of schwannoma of the hard palate, present important pathologic considerations for diagnosis, and provide a review of the literature regarding extracranial schwannomas.

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