International Journal of Surgery & Surgical Techniques (IJSST)

ISSN: 2578-482X

Case Report

A Case of Brachial Plexus Schwannoma Presenting as a Cystic Neck Swelling

Authors: Yawalikar A, Jeyakumar S, Desai S and Chatterjee S*

DOI: 10.23880/ijsst-16000209


Schwannomas are benign tumours arising from Schwann cells of the neural sheath. They are rarely seen to arise from the brachial plexus. Brachial plexus schwannomas present as a swelling over lateral neck, supraclavicular region or axilla. Symptoms may include pain, sensory changes, weakness etc. Around 5% of these schwannomas may turn malignant. Although rare, cystic neck swellings can be due to cystic degeneration of a schwannoma. A preoperative evaluation is of utmost importance and in cases of neck swellings which are producing symptoms, a pre-operative MRI should be done to reach the diagnosis before taking the patient in the OT. Presented is a case of lateral neck swelling with mild tingling sensation over arm of the same side.

Keywords: Tumours; Cystic; Tuberculous; Brachial

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