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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 784--787

Nasoethmoidal Schwannoma as a Mimicar of Esthesioneuroblastoma: A Case Report and Literature Review

Amit Narang1, Varun Aggarwal1, Rahul Jain2, Chandni Maheshwari3, Athira Ramesh3, Gurbax Singh4,  
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
4 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Varun Aggarwal
Department of Neurosurgery, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab - 151 203
India

Abstract

Nasoethmoidal schwannomas are rare lesions and their presentation with intracranial extension is even rarer. Here, a patient presenting with rhinorrhea, epistaxis, and proptosis of left eye was diagnosed with giant nasoethmoidal schwannoma extending to frontal lobe and orbit, which was managed with bifrontal craniotomy with endoscopic transnasal gross total excision. This being predominantly a benign lesion has good prognosis if total excision is achieved.



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Narang A, Aggarwal V, Jain R, Maheshwari C, Ramesh A, Singh G. Nasoethmoidal Schwannoma as a Mimicar of Esthesioneuroblastoma: A Case Report and Literature Review.Neurol India 2022;70:784-787


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Narang A, Aggarwal V, Jain R, Maheshwari C, Ramesh A, Singh G. Nasoethmoidal Schwannoma as a Mimicar of Esthesioneuroblastoma: A Case Report and Literature Review. Neurol India [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Aug 18 ];70:784-787
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Nasoethmoidal schwannomas are rare lesions of nasal cavity. Schwannomas develop from schwann cells of nerves hence can develop anywhere in the body.[1] Forty five percent of schwannomas occur in the head and neck region, but only fewer than 50 have been reported in the nasoethmoid region of nasal cavity.[2] They are benign, slow growing lesions that cause pressure thinning and erosion of the bony margins and spread locally.[3] They present with only few early symptoms or no symptoms and a long progressive history due to benign nature.

 Case Presentation



A 33-year-old female presented with chief complaint of the left eye proptosis since 3 months along with irritation in the left eye, three episodes of epistaxis and rhinorrhea. Patient had no anosmia. On examination no neurological deficit was present. Endoscopic examination of left nasal cavity showed nasal mass lateral to middle turbinate. Contrast-enhanced MRI showed a lesion in left frontal lobe causing mass effect on the left lateral ventricle and subfalcine herniation, with extension in left ethmoid sinus with compression on the left eye ball. On T1WI, lesion was hypointense; on T2WI, it was heterogeneous, and on contrast T1WI, lesion was heterogeneously enhanced [Figure 1]a, [Figure 1]b, [Figure 1]c, [Figure 1]d, [Figure 1]e, [Figure 1]f, [Figure 1]g, [Figure 1]h. These MRI finding were suggestive of olfactory esthesioneuroblastoma. The patient underwent bifrontal craniotomy with ligation of superior sagittal sinus near the cribriform plate. Tumor was grayish, solid, nonsuckable, moderately vascular, having poor arachnoid plane with brain tissue, and attachment with falx. Lesion was eroding into the anterior cranial fossa (ACF) and lamina papyracea compressing the periorbita of left orbit. It was extending into both the ethmoid sinus reaching lateral to middle turbinate of the left nose. Major part of the tumor was excised with transcranial approach, but tumor in the nasal cavity was inaccessible transcranially; hence, nasal part of the tumor was excised after middle turbinectomy with endoscopic transnasal approach. Gross total resection was achieved. Intradural ACF repair with carpeting of ACF with pericranial flap was done transcranially. Transnasally, the defect was packed with abdominal fat covered with mucosa and reinforced with adhesive glue. Postoperative period was uneventful. Postoperative CECT scan showed gross total resection and no hematoma [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b, [Figure 2]c, [Figure 2]d. The patient was discharged on the third postoperative day. Histopathology revealed schwannoma and palisaded verocay bodies [Figure 3]. After 7-month follow up, the patient was asymptomatic with no recurrence.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

 Discussion



Nasoethmoid schwannomas are rare benign tumors. They arise from nerve sheaths of the local nerves of the nasal cavity of either sensory branches of trigeminal nerves or local autonomic nerves, and since there are many nerve branches so the exact origin cannot be determined.[1] They grow in bony confines of the nasal cavities.[2] Intracranial extension of these tumors are very rare. These are a type of sinonasal schwannomas that are classified into one of these four types based on their location: subfrontal (olfactory groove), nasoethmoidal (sinonasal), frontoethmoidal (primarily intracranial with extension into the paranasal sinuses), or ethmofrontal (primarily sinonasal with intracranial extension).[4] To the best of our knowledge, only 11 cases of nasoethmoidal schwannoma with intracranial extension have been reported in the literature [Table 1]. Of the reported cases, 58% were males and 42% females. The symptoms arose gradually due to mass effect of the tumor. Presenting symptoms in the reported cases were anosmia, visual disturbances, epistaxis, headache, and some were asymptomatic.[12] Fifty percent of patients reported with headache and/or anosmia as the chief complaint, followed by visual disturbances in 33% and epistaxis in 25% [Table 2]. The differential diagnosis for a nasoethmoidal schwannoma most commonly includes esthesioneuroblastoma, squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, meningioma, and fungal infection [Table 3]. Radiological features of these tumor are nonspecific on CT and MRI, but some features may help in making differential diagnosis [Table 4].[11],[13] Histologically, schwannomas present in a biphasic histological pattern: Antoni A and Antoni B areas. Antoni A areas are characterized by spindle-shaped Schwann cells, which occasionally show areas of nuclear palisading surrounding an eosinophilic acellular region, referred to as ''Verocay bodies.'' In contrast, Antoni B areas are typified by loose myxoid stroma with round nuclei distributed in a haphazard manner. Immunohistochemical positivity for S-100 protein is present. According to the literature, these tumors can be resected gross totally by bifrontal craniotomy.[2] Among the 11 cases previously mentioned in literature, only one case was managed with subtotal resection and concurrent radiotherapy was given as it was malignant schwannoma on histopathology.[11] We managed this case by bifrontal craniotomy for intracranial part of tumor combined with endoscopic transnasal resection of the intranasal part of tumor. Postoperatively, our patient did not have CSF leak though 33% of cases reported CSF rhinorrhea in the published cases. We recommend bifrontal craniotomy combined with endoscopic transnasal approach to aid in gross total excision of the tumor mass with meticulous repair of the dural defect. Since the lesion is mostly benign, complete cure can be achieved with gross total excision which should be our goal.{Table 1}{Table 2}{Table 3}{Table 4}

 Conclusion



Nasoethmoidal schwannoma is a benign tumor that very rarely presents with intracranial extension. There are 11 cases previously described in literature, and this report describes the 12th case. Radiological findings being nonspecific, histopathological examination provides the basis of diagnosis. Bifrontal craniotomy with endoscopic transnasal excision is a preferred approach for surgical management.

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