Postural limb abnormality: an unusual presentation of retroperitoneal Schwannoma


  • Gautam Anand Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
  • Deborshi Sharma Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College and associated Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Sanjay Meena Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
  • Arvind Ahuja Department of Histopathology, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Devendra Singh Chauhan Department of Histopathology, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India



Retroperitoneal Schwannoma, Retroperitoneal tumor, Limb deformity, Partial excision


Schwannoma is a tumor of soft tissue originating from Schwann cells that rarely appears in the retroperitoneum. Presentation depends on the site of disease leading to mostly pressure symptoms, sometimes with distal manifestations. Because of its complex location, it has varied presentations and is always a diagnostic dilemma. We reported a rare case of retroperitoneal schwannoma having mild difficulty in walking due to flexion deformity of left hip joint as the only initial presenting symptoms. Following imaging studies, a retroperitoneal mass was found. Partial excision of the tumor was performed, with the histology finding consistent with the retroperitoneal schwannoma. Patient was followed up for the last 2 years and had no evidence of recurrence.



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