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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Primary extra-cranial meningioma in the right submandibular region of an 18-year-old woman: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Sanjay D Deshmukh, Vidya V Rokade, Gayatri S Pathak, Sanjana V Nemade, Amrut V Ashturkar
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-271) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

SD had a major role in establishing the diagnosis histologically and in critically evaluating and revising the manuscript. GP performed the histopathological examination of the specimen and was involved in drafting the manuscript. VR treated the patient surgically and read and approved the revised manuscript. SN managed the patient and provided the data. AV participated in the literature review and contributed to the compiling and editing of the data. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.



Extra-cranial meningioma or ectopic meningioma is a rare tumor. This tumor has been reported in various anatomic sites in the head and neck, mediastinum, skin and soft tissues. We report a rare case of ectopic meningioma in the submandibular region detected by using fine-needle aspiration cytology, histopathology and immunohistochemistry. This case represents another unusual site for extra-cranial meningioma, which prompted us to report it.

Case presentation

An 18-year-old Dravidian woman presented with swelling in the right submandibular region. The computed tomographic scan findings were suggestive of a neoplastic mass lesion in the right submandibular region. Fine-needle aspiration cytology led to the differential diagnosis of a monomorphic adenoma of a salivary gland or an ectopic meningioma. The patient underwent excision of the submandibular gland and tumor. The histological examination and immunohistochemistry studies confirmed that the lesion was an extra-cranial meningioma. At her two-year follow-up examination, there was no recurrence of the tumor.


Our experience with this case indicates that, although rare, meningioma should be entertained in the differential diagnosis of a mass lesion in the head and neck region.

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