Supraclavicular nerve schwannoma: a rare differential diagnosis for a neck lump


  • Adarsh P. Shah Department of Surgery, The County Hospital, Stonebow Road, Hereford, UK
  • Raj Bhutiani Department of Surgery, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, UK



Benign neck lumps, Extracranial schwannoma management, Neck lump differentials, Excision biopsy, Supraclavicular nerve, Schwannoma


Supraclavicular schwannomas are very rare benign tumours. We present the case of a 30-year-old middle-eastern man who complained of a gradually enlarging, asymptomatic 2cm non-tender swelling in the right supraclavicular fossa. There were no other symptoms suggestive of systemic disease. Ultrasound imaging was suggestive of an abnormal lymph node, but fine needle aspiration cytology of the lump was inconclusive. Subsequent urgent excision biopsy of the lump on histology revealed it to be a benign schwannoma. On post-operative follow-up, the patient did not have any neurological deficit.


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