The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Schwannoma of the tympanic membrane

Chao-Hui Yang a1 , Chih-Ying Su a1 , Yu-Ching Wei a2 and Chung-Feng Hwang a1c1
a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical Center, Taiwan
a2 Department of Pathology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical Center, Taiwan

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yang c-h   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
su c-y   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
wei y-c   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
hwang c-f   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


Schwannoma arising from the tympanic membrane is a rare neoplasm. This report describes an external ear canal mass obscuring the tympanic membrane. A transcanal approach identified a tumour adhered to the tympanic membrane. The tumour was excised without myringoplasty. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of schwannoma. Clinical examination revealed no evidence of recurrence during a follow-up period of one year. The possible origins of schwannoma of the tympanic membrane and lesion management are also discussed.

(Accepted September 29 2005)

Key Words: Ear Neoplasms; Schwannoma; Tympanic Membrane.

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Chung-Feng Hwang, 123, Ta-Pei Road, Niao-Sung Hsiang, Kaohsiung Hsien, Taiwan, ROC.Fax: 886 7 7313855 E-mail: