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Acoustic neuroma testing?

Acoustic  neuroma testing?

Hearing tests: Almost all acoustic neuromas are associated with hearing loss, but other neurological signs may be found on exam, including problems with gait, facial sensation, and double vision. Diagnosis can be confirmed, or excluded, by careful MRI films of the base of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Definition)

A benign tumor that develops on a nerve in the ear that connects the inner ear to the brain. It ...Read more


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Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Get checked out: Acoustic neuromas almost never cause pain.

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What is acoustic neuroma?

What is acoustic neuroma?

Balance nerve tumor: "acoustic neuroma" is actually a double misnomer: it is neither from the acoustic nerve nor is it a neuroma. It is actually a vestibular schwannoma: a benign tumor of the schwan cells (cells that wrap around and insulate nerves), not of the nerve itself, that grows off of / around the vestibular nerve, the nerve for balance, rather than the acoustic nerve or nerve of hearing. ...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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How is acoustic neuroma treated?

Several ways: Acoustic neuromas may be treated by observation, surgery, or radiation. The choice of treatment is based on the size of tumor, the presenting symptoms and the age of the patient. ...Read more

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Acoustic neuroma ear hypercausis, what to do?

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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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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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 are types of neurofibromatosis besides acoustic neurofibromatosis?

What are types of neurofibromatosis besides acoustic neurofibromatosis?

3 major types: (nf 1 consists of two or more neurofibromas on or under the skin, or one plexiform neurofibroma, café au lait spots (pigmented, light brown macules, freckles of armpit and groin, lisch nodules (hamartomas of iris), optic nerve gliomas and skeletal deformities. Nf2 centrla nf with bilateral acoustic neuromas(balance, hearing, ringing ears) .Nf3 schwannomas develop cranial, spinal and peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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Is nf1 or nf2 associated with unilateral acoustic neuromas?

Is nf1 or nf2 associated with unilateral acoustic neuromas?

NF resource: Here is a great resource where you can find lots of answers about neurofibromatosis: http://www.nfnetwork.org/ ...Read more

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

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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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Is neurofibroma sarcoma genetic?

Is neurofibroma sarcoma genetic?

Yes: Neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2 are both hereditary diseases. Malignant tumors like sarcomas are a rare complication of neurofibromatosis. The technical name given to these are "malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, " and these are a type of sarcoma. Here's a link to a free full text article on the subject: http://theoncologist.Alphamedpress.Org/content/5/6/477.Full. ...Read more

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What is an epitheloid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor?

What is an epitheloid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor?

Malignant Periph. N.: Also called Malignant Schwannoma or Neurosarcoma, is a connective tissue cancer of connective tissue surrounding the nerves. Exists in 50% of ones with Neurofibromatosis. Treatment is wide resection by surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Acoustic Neuroma regrowth. I had a 3.5cm Acoustic Neuroma removed 3 years ago by Translab. Wondering what chances of regrowth are.

Acoustic Neuroma regrowth.  I had a 3.5cm Acoustic Neuroma removed 3 years ago by Translab. Wondering what chances of regrowth are.

Low: Unilateral sporadic acoustic neuromas have a very low recurrence rate after removal. Studies show it is about 0.2%. ...Read more

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Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

Meningioma: These are benign brain tumors and are not hereditary. ...Read more

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What is plexiform neurofibroma?

What is plexiform neurofibroma?

Large neurofibroma: Plexiform neurofibromas are large extensive tumors that grow from nerves anywhere in the body. Unlike cutaneous neurofibromas, plexiform neurofibromas are often found in young children, sometimes even present around the time of birth. Rarely they can become malignant.Plexiform neurofibromas may be located around the eye socket, face, arm, leg, back, chest, or abdomen. ...Read more

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Had benign neuroma removed, pituitary microadenoma, now diagnosis with giant cell bone tumor--can there be a link here?

Had benign neuroma removed, pituitary microadenoma, now diagnosis with giant cell bone tumor--can there be a link here?

Pituitary adenoma: There is no known link between pituitary adenomas and giant cell bone tumors. Both are generally benign tumors. Close follow up with a neurosurgeon who specializes in pituitary surgery and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in bone tumors is essential for both tumor types. Sorry for your difficulties. All the best to you. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Neurofibromatosis (Definition)

A condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Neuroma (Definition)

Neuroma = a tumor / mass that ...Read more