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Giant Hemifacial Plexiform Neurofibroma Arising From Trigeminal Ganglion

Greig, Aina V. H. MA, PhD, FRCS, FRCS(Plast); Kirkpatrick, Niall A. BDS, MBBS, MD, FRCS, FRCS(Plast); Joshi, Naresh DO, FRCOphth; Kelly, Martin MD, FRCS, FRCS(Plast); Waterhouse, Norman FRCS, FRCS(Plast)

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p 833-836
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181a28a19
Clinical Notes

We present a case of a massive hemifacial plexiform neurofibroma. The tumor arose from the right trigeminal ganglion in the middle cranial fossa, involving the 3 divisions of the trigeminal nerve. This affected the whole right side of the face. The principles of management are discussed.

From the Craniofacial Orbito Palpebral Service, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Received August 25, 2008, and in revised form January 9, 2009.

Accepted for publication January 22, 2009.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Niall Kirkpatrick, Consultant Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon, Craniofacial Orbito Palpebral Service, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, UK; E-mail:

© 2009 Mutaz B. Habal, MD