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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Are there any treatments for an acoustic neuroma besides brain surgery?

Acoustic neuroma: Yes. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a treatment to stop the growth of acoustic neuromas. Radiosurgery is a focused beam of radiation using computer navigation to target the tumor and stop the growth. Based on the size and symptoms, small tumors with preserved hearing may be observed instead of treatment. Discuss with a team of surgeons who specialize in the treatment of acoustic neuromas. ...Read more

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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

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I had an acoustic neuroma removed.If I use the bone conducting earphones, will they work so that i will hear? My nerve was cut.

I had an acoustic neuroma removed.If I use the bone conducting earphones, will they work so that i will hear? My nerve was cut.

Probably: If you still have normal hearing in your other ear you could hear with bone conduction headphones but could hear better with baha implant that would give even better hearing from the deafened side, relying on your residual hearing in the other ear. Talk to ENT about baha implant. ...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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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