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If an acoustic neuroma comes back, does that mean it’s a cancer?
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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rodney Diaz
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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
Acoustic neuroma may come back if incompletely removed or may grow following radiation, possibly requiring surgery to remove residual tumor.

In brief: Not usually
Acoustic neuroma may come back if incompletely removed or may grow following radiation, possibly requiring surgery to remove residual tumor.
Dr. Neil Giddings
Dr. Neil Giddings
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