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Does An Mri With Contrast Always Detect Acoustic Neuroma
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more
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
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
Would a Brain MRI detect an acoustic neuroma? I have NF1. But have some on the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma. MRI was normal.
Minor hearing loss, occasional dizziness and constant tinnitus. But I'm only 21. I'm having an mri. Is an acoustic neuroma possible at my age?
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.
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
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
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
8th CN tumor: An acoustic neuroma is a tumor of the eighth cranial nerve, the nerve that subserves hearing and balance. These tumors are usually nonmalignant. They can be associated with other conditions (neurofibromatosis), a thorough physical examination including a black lite exam is needed. Early surgical removal is advised as facial nerve function can be preserved. See my previous answer on acoustic neuroma. ...Read more
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
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
Acoustic neuroma: No special diet needed or known to "prevent" acoustic. Ear a balanced diet, lean proteins, carbs from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats. Look up something under "mediterranean " diet for guidance. ...Read more
What kind of numbness casued by acoustic neuroma? Feels nothing when being pinched? Is is all over the face?
Hearing loss only: Acoustic neuromas usually cause only hearing loss on the side they are growing and dysequilibrium / imbalance. If they are very big, they can sometimes cause numbness over one side of the face (the same side that they are growing on), sometimes just one portion, sometimes the entire side. ...Read more
Are there causes for chronic unilateral tinnitus that are more likely and more benign than acoustic neuroma, or is an most likely?
Symptoms of acoustic neuroma. If you lose hearing as one of the symptoms, and if now you can hear a ring tone. Is it still acoustic neuromas?
I'm worried about unilateral tinnitus. I know acoustic neuroma often causes this, but how common is acoustic neuroma among people w/unilat tinnitus?
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