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Transoral robotic resection of a large schwannoma in the retropharyngeal space

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anil Gungadeen, Professor Vinidh Paleri


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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 x 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.

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Author(s): Gungadeen A, Lisseter R, Manickavasagam J, Paleri V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Year: 2016

Volume: 130

Issue: 4

Pages: 401-403

Print publication date: 01/04/2016

Online publication date: 05/02/2016

Acceptance date: 24/11/2015

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0022215116000190


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