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Acoustic neuroma surgery - any lingering auditory effects?

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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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


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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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Acoustic neuroma surgery - does ENT or a neurosurgeon do the surgery?

Acoustic neuroma surgery - does ENT or a neurosurgeon do the surgery?

Both: The national institute of health has recommended that acoustic neuroma patients be treated by a team of physicians including ENT and neurosurgery, because patient outcomes were better than when just one specialty was involved. Frequently both physicians will be involved with the surgery, depending on the chosen surgical approach. ...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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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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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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Could acoustic neuroma located in both side (left & right) ?

Rarely: Acoustic neuromas are rarely bilateral and when they are they are usually related to neurofibromatosis type 2. ...Read more

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My Recent MRI showed a 10mm ovoid cyst in the left basal ganglia - should I be concerned? I also have a 4mm acoustic neuroma on the right side.

Careful followup: You have two areas uncovered. The acoustic neuroma is the bigger issue, and needs to be carefully monitored and watched. If it gets bigger, it will require excision. Unclear why you have the cyst, but could represent a remote issue of no current consequence, but this too should be followed. Best to see an experienced neurosurgeon and set up plan of action. ...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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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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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