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What is an acoustic neuroma, and what to do for it?

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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery 16 years experience
Cranial nerve tumor: This is a tumor which occurs on one of the nerves which exit the brainstem within the skull. The treatment is determined by the size of the tumor and the symptoms it is causing. Treatment options are conservative management (watching with serial mris), surgical removal or radiosurgery (radiation therapy). Small, asymptomatic acoustic tumors are often observed.
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Acoustic neuromas are benign rumors that usually grow on the balance portion of the 8th cranial nerve, that controls hearing and balance. Treatment may consist of observation, surgery or radiation depending on the size of the tumor, age of the patient, and extent of hearing loss. Should see ENT or neurosurgeon, to discuss treatment options.
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Balance nerve tumor: "acoustic neuroma" is actually a double misnomer: it is neither from the acoustic nerve nor is it a neuroma. It is actually a vestibular schwannoma: a benign tumor of the schwan cells (cells that wrap around and insulate nerves), not of the nerve itself, that grows off of / around the vestibular nerve, the nerve for balance, rather than the acoustic nerve or nerve of hearing.
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Benign tumor : Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the balance nerve. Treatments include observation, surgery, or radiation. Treatment is based in size of lesion, symptoms and age. Please see response to similar questions on this site.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Mri: Audiograms with differ ence in hearing between ears may require further evaluation, but MRI scan with contrast material remins gold standard for diagnosis of acoustic neuroma some centers may have "stacked abr" testing but not widely available.
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Acoustic neuroma testing?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Hearing tests: Almost all acoustic neuromas are associated with hearing loss, but other neurological signs may be found on exam, including problems with gait, facial sensation, and double vision. Diagnosis can be confirmed, or excluded, by careful MRI films of the base of the brain.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are the symptoms of Acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of Acoustic neuroma include:: Difficulty swallowing, Double vision, Facial muscle weakness, Facial numbness, Headache, Hearing loss, Hydrocephalus, Nystagmus, Papilledema, Raised intracranial pressure, Ringing in ears, Vertigo, Loss of balance, Gait instability, Diminished taste.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about an acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Benign tumor: Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that usually originates from the vestibular(balance) nerve. Treatment options include observation, surgery, or radiation depending on the symptoms, age of the patient, and growth of the lesion. See a neurotologist for full evaluation or a neurosurgeon that deals with these lesions on a regular basis.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is acoustic neuroma painful?

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
No: Typically the main complaint people have if they have an acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) is hearing loss and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). Only if it is particularly large will patients complain of headaches.

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