Ten-Step Surgical Approach to Management of Pathology of the Ischiorectal Fossa-A Review of the Literature and Application in a Rare Pelvic Schwannoma.
Smyth SL., Dhar S., Cogswell ML., Soleymani Majd H.
Objective: The ischiorectal fossa is a key anatomical location with boundaries and internal structures owing distinct contributions to function and quality of life. Methods: We highlight the importance of management of pathology in this deep anatomically complex location. Results: We present a ten-step multidisciplinary surgical approach; achieving en bloc radical excision with primary closure and reassuring outcomes. Schwannomas are benign slow-growing nerve sheath tumors. Conclusions: Pelvic schwannomas are rare with only 3 reported cases of the pudendal nerve. We also offer an overview of this rare pathology whilst acknowledging a paucity of recommendations regarding management of disease of the ischiorectal fossa.