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What happens if you don't treat an acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Small ones, potentially nothing or progressive hearing loss, vertigo. Medium to large ones can, in addition, cause facial paralysis, facial pain or numbness, voice changes, swallowing problems, compress brainstem. Rarely, these grow rapidly or are huge and can be life threatening.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Could be problem: Depending on the size and rate of growth possibilities include "nothing" or severe neurological compromise and death. In most cases these tumors are slow growing and lead to hearing loss. If found early often we will repeat an MRI at an interval like 4 to 6 months to see if it grows. If it is sizable and amenable to radio surgery we treat. If big and causing brain compression surgery is done.

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What's the safest way to treat acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
See neurotologist: Acoustic neuromas may be treated with observation, surgery, or radiation. Treatment options vary with the size of the tumor, what symptoms are present, and the age of the patient.

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