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What happens if you don't treat an acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Could be problem

Depending on the size and rate of growth possibilities include "nothing" or severe neurological compromise and death.
In most cases these tumors are slow growing and lead to hearing loss. If found early often we will repeat an MRI at an interval like 4 to 6 months to see if it grows. If it is sizable and amenable to radio surgery we treat. If big and causing brain compression surgery is done.

In brief: Could be problem

Depending on the size and rate of growth possibilities include "nothing" or severe neurological compromise and death.
In most cases these tumors are slow growing and lead to hearing loss. If found early often we will repeat an MRI at an interval like 4 to 6 months to see if it grows. If it is sizable and amenable to radio surgery we treat. If big and causing brain compression surgery is done.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Small ones, potentially nothing or progressive hearing loss, vertigo.
Medium to large ones can, in addition, cause facial paralysis, facial pain or numbness, voice changes, swallowing problems, compress brainstem. Rarely, these grow rapidly or are huge and can be life threatening.

In brief: Depends

Small ones, potentially nothing or progressive hearing loss, vertigo.
Medium to large ones can, in addition, cause facial paralysis, facial pain or numbness, voice changes, swallowing problems, compress brainstem. Rarely, these grow rapidly or are huge and can be life threatening.
Dr. Rodney Diaz
Dr. Rodney Diaz
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