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J Laryngol Otol. 2016 Apr;130(4):401-3. doi: 10.1017/S0022215116000190. Epub 2016 Feb 5.

Transoral robotic resection of a large schwannoma in the retropharyngeal space.

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1
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery,Freeman Hospital,Newcastle upon Tyne,UK.
2
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery,Ninewells Hospital,Dundee,Scotland,UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

External approaches have been traditionally used for the complete excision of large retropharyngeal space lesions.

CASE REPORT:

This paper describes a case of a large schwannoma of the retropharyngeal space excised transorally with the use of a robotic system. This lesion measured 2.7 × 1.2 cm in axial dimensions and over 5.8 cm in craniocaudal length. The lesion was delivered en bloc with an intact capsule. No peri- or post-operative complications were encountered. The procedure allowed quick resumption of an oral diet and a return to normal activity for the patient.

CONCLUSION:

This is, to our knowledge, the first report of this technique used in the excision of a large retropharyngeal space mass.

KEYWORDS:

Benign Neoplasms; Retropharyngeal Space; Robotics; Schwannoma

PMID:
26847473
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215116000190
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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