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Acoustic Neuroma Brain And Nerves
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
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
Would a Brain MRI detect an acoustic neuroma? I have NF1. But have some on the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma. MRI was normal.
My mom has acoustic neuroma (a brain tumour) and my 17 year old sister is pregnant. Should my sister be worried for her child?
Dx w/ SSHL after 7days of Low tone hearing loss/tinnitus -no vertigo. On predinsone. Saw neuro, did exam and BAER both normal. Wants MRI. Chances I have brain tumor or acoustic neuroma? So scared.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Not a panacea: Most patients with acoustic neuroma do well with treatment; unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case here. More details need to be outlined here - radiation fields, history of neurofibromatosis, degree of vertigo (assuming this is the cause of the balance problems) etc. Your treatment team should include an radiation oncologist, ENT surgeon, neurologist and neurosurgeon to help recommend. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: As acoustic neuromas grow they typically cause hearing loss and tinnitus. They may also produce balance problems. If they get very large they may cause facial nerve paralysis or hydrocephalus which is too much fluid pressure in your head.Fortunately, if it is closely monitored, most of the more serious complications may be avoided by surgical removal or radiation treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Acoustic neuroma is usually managed by otolaryngology and neurosurgery. Small tumors less than 1 cm are usually followed with serial head mris. These tumors can be treated with radiosurgery or open surgery if they are growing or large and causing pressure on local structures. The loss of hearing means the surgical options expand somewhat. The main goal of treatment is to preserve facial function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Microsurgery: The goal of treatment is to preserve neurologic function and cure the tumor. Microsurgery is highly effective. Facial nerve function can be preserved in ~95 % of patients if the tumor is < than 2cm but in less than 50 % if the tumor is > than 3cm. Radiosurgery is an alternative in tumors < than 3cm with local control achieved in~ 90%. You must see an experienced neurosurgeon in an experienced ctr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Gk can be a great treatment option for an. Many times it is not. It depends on the size and location of tumor, how quickly it's growing, risks of surgery, prior radiation treatment, many many factors. I do both surgery and gammaknife for my patients with acoustics, and each treatment plan is tailored to the specific details of that patient's tumor and overall health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Always: The size of the tumor dictates the chances of some problems from surgery. Most people that have surgery, are able to resume all their normal activities after a recovery period. Almost all patients will experience some vertigo following surgery that resolves over about 4-8 weeks. With larger rumors your chance of having temporary or permanent facial weakness increases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer