Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 441–443 | Cite as

Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Tongue: An Uncommon Cause of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Giovanni Sorrenti
  • Irene Pelligra
  • Riccardo Albertini
  • Ottavio PiccinEmail author
Case Report



Solitary fibrous tumor is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm that may be found in any location. To date, only a few cases of solitary fibrous tumor involving the tongue have been reported.

Case Summary

We present the case of a 31-year-old man with a history of progressively worsening snoring and daytime sleepiness. Polysomnography revealed severe obstructive sleep apnea. An attempt to treat sleep apnea by continuous positive airway pressure and oral appliance led to a poor clinical response. CT and MRI scans findings revealed a large mass in the tongue base partially obstructing the airway. After the excision of the mass all symptoms, included daytime somnolence, disappeared and a polysomnographic examination showed the normalization of the somnographic parameters.


Although OSA is rarely caused by tumors, each patient with sleep disorders breathing should be examined carefully for the potential presence of an upper aero-digestive tract neoplasm that may contribute to obstruction.


Solitary fibrous tumor Obstructive sleep apnea Polysomnography 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck SurgeryS. Orsola, Malpighi University HospitalBolognaItaly

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