Giant retroperitoneal ancient schwannoma: is preoperative bi
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Schwannoma is the term given to tumours arising from Schwann cells of any nerve sheath. It may arise in the retroperitoneum, where it can attain enormous sizes and cause considerable diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. A variety of incapacitating symptoms may arise, depending on its size alone and the related contagious organs.A 71-year-old female, who was incapacitated by a giant abdominal mass associated with weight loss, immobility, general weakness and constipation. Radiologically, the presence of a huge pelviabdominal tumour was confirmed. A preoperative tissue diagnosis was entertained but omitted and we resorted to direct surgical excision instead...

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