|Acoustic neuroma - a benign tumor that develops from cells of developing vestibular portion of the auditory nerve. Auditory nerve consists of two parts: a branch of the snail, which, as its name implies, goes to the cochlea and transmits sound information to the brain and the vestibular nerve, which transmits to the brain information about balance.
The incidence of acoustic neuroma is one case per 100,000 population per year. This tumor is 11 - 12% of all br... Read more »
|There are three stages of acoustic neuroma:
Stage 1 - tumor size does not exceed 2 - 2.5 cm, with marked symptoms of hearing loss and vestibular system: a deafness in one ear and loss of vestibular function on the same side, as well as taste, light paresis of the facial nerve.
Stage 2 - when this tumor is the size of a w... Read more »
|Manifestations of acoustic neuroma is to reduce the hearing that occurs as a result of compression of the tumor-cochlear nerve. In addition, the tumor can compress the brain stem. In rare cases, this compression can be life threatening in case of large tumor size, as in this part of the brain are the respiratory and vasomotor centers.
The majority of acoustic neuroma - a slowly growing tumor that can develop over several years, until it begins to appear. For... Read more »
|The physician should find out from your symptoms, medical history and examine your ears and nervous system.
Diagnostic tests may include:
Audiogram - a diagnostic procedure that measures hearing in both ears;
Hearing test the response of the brain stem, which measures the speed of electrical impulses coming from the inner ear to the brain. Slowing or absence of pulse may indicate the presence of vestibular shvannomy. This test is almost always de... Read more »
|Currently, there are three options for treatment of acoustic neuromas - surgery, radiosurgery and observation. The question of treatment tactics Individually addressed with each patient.
There are three methods of treatment acoustic neuroma:
- It is expectant management, when not taking any medical action and simply watch the growth of tumors, regularly monitoring its size and degree of symptoms.<... Read more »