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Could an acoustic neuroma explain my severe headaches and neck pain?

Could an acoustic neuroma explain my severe headaches and neck pain?

Rarely: Acoustic neuromas would very infrequently cause neck pain and would only cause headache if very large. Acoustic neuromas usually present with ringing ing in one ear and hearing loss in one ear. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Can you tell me about acoustic neuroma?

Can you tell me about acoustic neuroma?

Benign tumor: Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that usually originates from the vestibular (balance) nerve. Treatment options include observation, surgery, or radiation depending on the symptoms, age of the patient, and growth of the lesion. See a neurotologist for full evaluation or a neurosurgeon that deals with these lesions on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an acoustic neuroma?

Can you tell me about an acoustic neuroma?

Benign tumor: Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that usually originates from the vestibular (balance) nerve. Treatment options include observation, surgery, or radiation depending on the symptoms, age of the patient, and growth of the lesion. See a neurotologist for full evaluation or a neurosurgeon that deals with these lesions on a regular basis. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose acoustic neuroma?

Function/Imaging: Modalities can typically be divided into two categories:

1.) imaging - ct or MRI (with contrast) can be used to visualize tumors in detail.

2.) functional tests - audiometry and brainstem auditory evoked responses assess the integrity of the vestibulocochlear cranial nerve by analyzing how the brain responses to test sounds. ...Read more

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Acoustic neuroma ear hypercausis, what to do?

Depends: surgery or radiotherapy may help. Would see a neurosurgeon and a radiation oncologist.
Tumor size is an important factor. ...Read more

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I just got a diagnosis of acoustic neuroma. Is surgery a better option verses radiation when the tumour is 4 mm?

I just got a diagnosis of acoustic neuroma. Is surgery a better option verses radiation when the tumour is 4 mm?

Depends: At that size another option is to simply observe the tumor. When considering any intervention it's important to understand the overall experience of the center you are being treated at. A 4mm lesion is quite small and could be observed in some cases. ...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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Do people die from an acoustic neuroma?

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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What are some of the tests for Acoustic neuroma?

The tests for Acoustic neuroma include:: CT of head, MRI of head with contrast, Hearing test, Auditory brainstem response test. ...Read more

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What cause balance problem except acoustic neuroma?

Dizziness: There is a long list of ear related issues that cause balance problems, neurologic, cardiovascular, circulatory, metabolic/hormonal problems also can cause dizziness/lightheadedness/balance issues. Acoustic neuroma is a rare condition so lots of other things to check and consider first. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: acoustic neuroma?

Acoustic neuroma: This is a tumor that arises from the nerve that controls balance and hearing, the viiith cranial nerve. Typically benign and depending on size and symptoms should be considered for surgical resection. ...Read more

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I've developed acoustic neuroma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

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 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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Are there treatment guidelines for acoustic neuroma?

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 more

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What should I do for my acoustic neuroma post surgery?

Talk to your doctor: Talk to the surgeon that removed your tumor. He or she will be most familiar with you and the pathology of your case. ...Read more

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Does an MRI with contrast always detect acoustic neuroma?

99% plus: An MRI with contrast of the internal auditory canals will pick up 99% of acoustic neuromas. Not perfect, but very close. Tiny acoustics can be missed. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for acoustic neuroma?

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 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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Could acoustic neuroma cause permanent hearing loss?

Yes: The majority cause unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss as the first and sometimes only symptom. This hearing loss is always permanent. ...Read more

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Is a gamma knife a good treatment for acoustic neuroma?

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 more

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Acoustic neuroma surgery - any lingering auditory effects?

Yes: Depending on size of the tumour, presurgery hearing levels, including several parameters--the decision to do hearing preservation surgery--the skill of the surgeon -success rate between 40-80% has been studied. ...Read more

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Acoustic neuroma surgery - are there any common after effects?

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 more

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My acoustic neuroma has come back. Is it possible that it could be cancer this time?

Rarely: If you had surgical removal and tumor persists or recurs, there is almost no chance it would be malignant.

If it has grown after treatment with radiation, there is approximately a 1:1000 chance it could have malignant transformation. ...Read more

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Can having a regular routine MRI of the head with contrast show an acoustic neuroma?

Can having a regular routine MRI of the head with contrast show an acoustic neuroma?

Yes: If they know beforehand to look for it then they can narrow the scan to that area but overall they should be able to see it but a reminder beforehand definitely will help them look for it ...Read more

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Should a healthy 35 y/o male with a 1.9cm acoustic neuroma be given radiation (Gamma Knife) as a long term treatment option?

Should a healthy 35 y/o male with a 1.9cm acoustic neuroma be given radiation (Gamma Knife) as a long term treatment option?

Gamma knife: Is ONE option but please get a second opinion. Some docs may suggest monitoring it to see about growth or lack thereof. Please do what doctors say after you've seen several. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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