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How is acoustic neuroma treated?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Surgery: Although the actual choice of surgical approach is dependent upon different factors, acoustic neuromas are expanding tumors next to the brainstem. Besides hearing loss, such tumors cause a variety of bad things including death.
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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several ways: Acoustic neuromas may be treated by observation, surgery, or radiation. The choice of treatment is based on the size of tumor, the presenting symptoms and the age of the patient.
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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery or radiation: All can be treated by surgical resection or removal. Small and medium ones can be treated with radiation, typically "stereotactic radiosurgery" or gammaknife. Small ones can also be safely observed and not treated, but you should always follow your ents instructions on how frequently to obtain mris to check for growth (typically once every 6-12 months).
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Surgery/Radiation: There are three main courses of treatment for acoustic neuroma: Observation Surgery Radiation therapy For more info: http://www.webmd.com/brain/acoustic-neuroma-causes-symptoms-treatments#2
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