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Does an MRI with contrast always detect acoustic neuroma?

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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Mri (Definition)

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


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Does an MRI with contrast find an acoustic neuroma?

Yes: Mri with gadolinium is very sensitive in evaluation for acoustic neuroma and is the study of choice. ...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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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.

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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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?

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?

Neuroma: Yes. But they are quite uncommon, occurring between 1 and 3 people per 100, 000 in the general population. Also less likely if the hearing loss and tinnitus are in both ears. ...Read more

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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 is the definition or description of: acoustic neuroma?

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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What is the treatment for acoustic neuroma?

Several: Acoustic neuromas are treated with observation, surgery or radiation, depending on the tumors size, the patients symptoms, and the age of the patient. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acoustic neuroma?

What are the treatments for acoustic neuroma?

See neurotologist: Acoustic neuromas are benign rumors that may be trusted with observation, surgery or radiation depending on patients age, size of tumor and amount of hearing present in affected ear. ...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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My doc says I've got acoustic neuroma. What does this mean?

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

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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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What is the best diet to go on after an acoustic neuroma tumor operation?

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

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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

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Are there causes for chronic unilateral tinnitus that are more likely and more benign than acoustic neuroma, or is an most likely?

Yes: My otolaryngological colleagues can add additional information re tinnitus, but, in my experience, an acoustic neuroma is a rare cause of tinnitus, and gradual degenerative hearing loss is far more often the cause of tinnitus. ...Read more

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I'm worried about unilateral tinnitus. I know acoustic neuroma often causes this, but how common is acoustic neuroma among people w/unilat tinnitus?

I'm worried about unilateral tinnitus. I know acoustic neuroma often causes this, but how common is acoustic neuroma among people w/unilat tinnitus?

So common: Tinnitus is so common! Can be unilateral, too. The vast majority of those with tinnitus do not have an acoustic neuroma. An MRI (high resolution cuts with contrast) can usually eliminate the possibility. ...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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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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Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Is acoustic neuroma painful?

Get checked out: Acoustic neuromas almost never cause pain.

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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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What are the tests for acoustic neuroma?

Mri: Audiograms with differ ence in hearing between ears may require further evaluation, but MRI scan with contrast material remins gold standard for diagnosis of acoustic neuroma
some centers may have "stacked abr" testing but not widely available. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Giddings
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Acoustic Neuroma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Neuroma (Definition)

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