Vagal schwannoma

Last revised by Yoshi Yu on 26 Apr 2024

Vagal schwannomas are uncommon benign masses that can occur anywhere along the course of the vagus nerve but most commonly occur in the cervical region.

Most commonly occurs in the 3rd to 5th decades. No sex predilection 3.

Patients may be asymptomatic. When symptomatic they can present with a slow-growing mass, most commonly in the neck. Vocal hoarseness or cough on palpation of the neck mass may be features 1-3

Vagal schwannomas are closely adherent to the vagus nerve, which lies between the internal carotid artery (ICA) and internal jugular vein (IJV) and tends to separate them as well as displacing the ICA anteromedially 4,5.

See the general schwannoma article for further discussion of radiographic features. 

For cervical region consider 3:

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