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Extracranial schwannoma of the infraorbital nerve

Schwannomas are uncommon benign encapsulated slow growing neural neoplasms which originate from Schwann cells of peripheral, cranial and autonomic nerves. Schwannomas are usually solitary lesions but can be manifold when associated with syndromes. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice of schwannomas, with few and controversial reports of recurrence or malignant transformation. This article reports a rare case of a solitary benign schwannoma arising from the infraorbital nerve which presented as an asymptomatic swelling in the right cheek region of the face. Treatment was carried out with the patient under general anesthesia by complete excision with preservation of the nerve and without significant postoperative morbidity.

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