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Can you tell me more about an acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor)?

Can you tell me more about an acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor)?

Acoustic neuroma: Also known as schwannoma. It is benign and usually unilateral. Hearing loss is the common initial symptom. A diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 2 (nf2), however, is very likely or should be considered if it is bilateral or if unilateral but at age. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Benign Tumor (Definition)

A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more


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Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

Can a mastoid tumor turn into an acoustic neuroma?

No: Completely different issues. An acoustic neuroma is a benign growth of the hearing/balance nerve. The mastoid is an air containing space connected to the middle ear. ...Read more

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What is the best diet to go on after an acoustic neuroma tumor operation?

What is the best diet to go on after an acoustic neuroma tumor operation?

Acoustic neuroma: No special diet needed or known to "prevent" acoustic. Ear a balanced diet, lean proteins, carbs from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats. Look up something under "mediterranean " diet for guidance. ...Read more

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I had an acoustic neuroma removed 4 years ago and it wasn't completely removed. Now my ear is pulsating constantly. Could it be from the tumor?

Acoustic neuroma: These tumors cause hearing loss which is commonly associated with noise in the ear/tinnitus. If you had partial removal you should be having annual MRI scans. Tumor might have grown so check that out. ...Read more

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I have acoustic neuroma treated with radiation in 2003 that has shrunk tumor 40 per cent. Still have balance problems. It was suggested I consider having a shot of gentomycin in affected ear to kill nerve. Any experience?

I have acoustic neuroma treated with radiation in 2003 that has shrunk tumor 40 per cent. Still have balance problems. It was suggested I consider having a shot of gentomycin in affected ear to kill nerve. Any experience?

Complex decision: Whether or not ablation of your vestibular nerve (8th cranial nerve) will help with your balance problem depends on the cause (EG, size and location of the original tumor). Need a repeat CT/MRI to ensure no regrowth. Additional radiation may help if the tumor has grown. If the cerebellum isn't affected, and if you have no hearing, nerve ablation may a reasonable option. Try Semmes-Murphey neurosrg ...Read more

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Could an ENT find tumor in ear or acoustic neuroma by looking into your ear canal?

Yes: An ear nose and throat doctor can diagnoses a tumor of your ear canal. However, acoustic neuromas are not observed in the ear canal and usually require MRI scan to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are there causes for chronic unilateral tinnitus that are more likely and more benign than acoustic neuroma, or is an most likely ?

Yes: My otolaryngological colleagues can add additional information re tinnitus, but, in my experience, an acoustic neuroma is a rare cause of tinnitus, and gradual degenerative hearing loss is far more often the cause of tinnitus. ...Read more

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If an acoustic neuroma comes back, does that mean it’s a cancer?

Usually not: Recurrence usually means some tumor was left behind and not removed from the first surgery. This can occur if a lot was left behind (macroscopic residual, recurrence more frequent), or even a tiny amount was left behind (microscopic residual, recurrence less frequent). Malignant acoustics are extremely rare and most often occur after prior radiation treatment for a benign acoustic neuroma. ...Read more

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Do people die from an acoustic neuroma?

Rarely: Acoustic neuromas are slow growing benign tumors that rarely get to a size that can cause death. They are not cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Definition)

Acoustic neuroma is a benign, noncancerous tumor that grows at the base of the brain. The most common symptom is hearing loss, often noticed on the telephone. Hearing tests and MRI are used for diagnosis. Treatment can include surgery or highly focused radiation ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Neuroma (Definition)

A neuroma is a painful condition in which there is a swelling of a nerve that is usually caused by trauma or compression. It usually develops on the ball of the foot or between the third and fourth toes, and occurs more often in women. Common symptoms include tingling, ...Read more