Journal of Pediatric Neurology
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3399574
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A 17-Year-Old Male with Large Retropharyngeal Neurofibroma as the Only Symptom of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1): A Case Report and Review of Literature

Heather A. Voss-Hoynes
1  Department of Pediatrics, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, Ohio, United States
,
Naeem Mahfooz
2  Division of Pediatric Neurology, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, Ohio, United States
,
Waseem Ostwani
3  Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, Ohio, United States
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Funding None.
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Publication History

09 September 2019

04 October 2019

Publication Date:
15 November 2019 (online)

Abstract

Retropharyngeal neurofibromas are rarely described in the literature and are commonly associated with severe airway-related symptoms. We report a unique case of a large retropharyngeal plexiform neurofibroma in an asymptomatic 17-year-old male patient. This patient was asymptomatic and presented for lower lip edema secondary to an insect bite. Head and neck imaging demonstrated an extensive retropharyngeal neurofibroma measuring 5.7 cm × 2.2 cm × 6.8 cm. Because of extensive involvement of cervical vasculature, the lesion was not resected in our institution and his care was referred to a large neurofibromatosis type I center.