Also known as Vestibular Schwannoma
ABOUT THE DISEASE
An acoustic neuroma is a rare, slow growing tumour which is non cancerous. The tumour grows on a nerve which connects ear to the brain and can cause problems with hearing and balance, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
In most cases, the cause is unknown. However, some acoustic neuromas are associated with the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 2.
Since the growth of these tumors is very slow, generally no symptoms are observed till the age of 30 +
If large in size, following symptoms may occur:
- Physical examination- Hearing test- MRI Brain
These tumours do not spread to distant parts of the body, however need to be taken care of once they start affecting the surrounding nerves. Treatment is usually with surgery, but radiotherapy can also be used.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is the preferred option for treatment.
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