Acoustic Neuroma

Common Name(s)

Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic neuroma, also referred to as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous tumor that grows on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. This tumor is slow-growing, leading to gradual hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), unsteadiness, vertigo, facial numbness, facial weakness, and poor balance. This condition appears to be caused by a malfunctioning gene on chromosome 22. The cause of this gene malfunction is unknown.

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Condition Specific Organizations

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Acoustic Neuroma Association

ANAUSA provides information and support for patients diagnosed with or treated for an acoustic neuroma or other benign tumor affecting the cranial nerves.

Last Updated: 1 May 2014

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Vestibular Disorders Association

VEDA's mission is to serve people with vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders by providing access to information, offering a support network, and elevating awareness of the challenges associated with these conditions.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Acoustic Neuroma" for support, advocacy or research.

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Acoustic Neuroma Association

ANAUSA provides information and support for patients diagnosed with or treated for an acoustic neuroma or other benign tumor affecting the cranial nerves.

http://www.ANAUSA.org

Last Updated: 1 May 2014

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Vestibular Disorders Association

VEDA's mission is to serve people with vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders by providing access to information, offering a support network, and elevating awareness of the challenges associated with these conditions.

https://vestibular.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Acoustic Neuroma" returned 74 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pooled analysis of case-control studies on acoustic neuroma diagnosed 1997-2003 and 2007-2009 and use of mobile and cordless phones.
 

Author(s): Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg, Fredrik Söderqvist, Kjell Hansson Mild

Journal: Int. J. Oncol.. 2013 Oct;43(4):1036-44.

 

We previously conducted a case-control study of acoustic neuroma. Subjects of both genders aged 20-80 years, diagnosed during 1997-2003 in parts of Sweden, were included, and the results were published. We have since made a further study for the time period 2007-2009 including both ...

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2013

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Hearing preservation surgery in acoustic neuroma: long-term results.
 

Author(s): A Mazzoni, E Zanoletti, V Calabrese

Journal: Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital. 2012 Apr;32(2):98-102.

 

Long-term hearing was examined in 200 patients operated on during 1976-2000 with removal of acoustic neuroma with a retrosigmoid approach and hearing preservation technique. Ninety-four cases preserved hearing, and 91 cases were followed-up for at least 6 years (range 6 to 21 years). ...

Last Updated: 6 Jul 2012

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Role of tobacco use in the etiology of acoustic neuroma.
 

Author(s): Sadie Palmisano, Judith Schwartzbaum, Michaela Prochazka, David Pettersson, Tommy Bergenheim, Rut Florentzson, Henrik Harder, Tiit Mathiesen, Gunnar Nyberg, Peter Siesjö, Maria Feychting

Journal: Am. J. Epidemiol.. 2012 Jun;175(12):1243-51.

 

Two previous studies suggest that cigarette smoking reduces acoustic neuroma risk; however, an association between use of snuff tobacco and acoustic neuroma has not been investigated previously. The authors conducted a case-control study in Sweden from 2002 to 2007, in which 451 cases ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2012

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The terms "Acoustic Neuroma" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the identification of suspected acoustic neuroma: a systematic review of clinical and cost effectiveness and natural history.
 

Author(s): H Fortnum, C O'Neill, R Taylor, R Lenthall, T Nikolopoulos, G Lightfoot, G O'Donoghue, S Mason, D Baguley, H Jones, C Mulvaney

Journal: Health Technol Assess. 2009 Mar;13(18):iii-iv, ix-xi, 1-154.

 

To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a range of diagnostic strategies for investigating patients with unilateral hearing loss and/or tinnitus, with a view to confirming or eliminating a diagnosis of acoustic neuroma, and to describe the natural history ...

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2009

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Meningitis due to Enterobacter aerogenes subsequent to resection of an acoustic neuroma and abdominal fat graft to the mastoid.
 

Author(s): Fida A Khan

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. 2004 Oct;8(5):386-8.

 

Meningitis is an uncommon complication of neurosurgical procedures, with an incidence of 1.1% to 2.5%. Although unusual, the frequency of nosocomial Gram-negative meningitis appears to be increasing. Gram-negative meningitis has been documented following disruption of the dura-arachnoid ...

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2005

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[The role of video-nystagmography in the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma].
 

Author(s): E Hernández Montero, J J Fraile Rodrigo, F De Miguel García, L M Sampériz, J Eiras Ajuria, A Ortiz García

Journal: Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. ;54(6):413-6.

 

Schwannoma of the vestibular nerve represents 75% of all expansive processes affecting the pontocerebellosum angle. Hearing loss is the most frequent symptom at diagnosis (86%) with or without tinnitus, in the intracanalicular tumors. Vestibular symptoms are described in 60% of patients.

Last Updated: 21 Oct 2003

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Concentration and Activity of Lapatinib in Vestibular Schwannomas
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vestibular Schwannoma; NF2; Neurofibromatosis 2; Acoustic Neuroma; Auditory Tumor

 

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Hearing Outcomes Using Fractionated Proton Radiation Therapy for Vestibular Schwannoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vestibular Schwannoma; Acoustic Neuroma

 

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2014

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Vestibular Schwannoma - Radiosurgery or Expectation: V-REX.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vestibular Schwannoma

 

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2014

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