Extracranial schwannomas in the head and neck region are rare neoplasms. The tumours often present as asymptomatic, slowly enlarging lateral neck masses and determination of the nerve origin is not often made until the time of surgery. Preoperative diagnosis maybe aided by imaging studies such as magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography, while open biopsy is no longer recommended. The accepted treatment for these tumors is surgical resection with preservation of the neural pathway. We report four cases of cervical schwannomas that we encountered at our center during four years of period. The clinical features, diagnosis and origin, management and pathological findings of these benign tumors are discussed.
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