Transoral robotic resection of a large schwannoma in the retropharyngeal space

A. Gungadeen (Lead / Corresponding author), R. Lisseter, J. Manickavasagam, V. 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 × 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)401-403
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
    Issue number4
    Early online date5 Feb 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


    • Humans
    • Male
    • Middle aged
    • Mouth
    • Natural orifice endoscopic surgery
    • Neurilemmoma
    • Pharyngeal neoplasms
    • Robotic surgical procedures
    • Case reports
    • Journal article


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