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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital now offers the Gamma Knife, a noninvasive treatment for acoustic neuromas.
Acoustic neurinoma, also referred to as acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, is a non-cancerous tumor that may develop from an overproduction of Schwann cells that press on the hearing and balance nerves in the inner ear. Schwann cells are cells that normally wrap around and support nerve fibers. If the tumor becomes large, it can press on the facial nerve or brain structure.
The following are the most common symptoms of acoustic neurinoma. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
When a neurinoma develops, it may cause any/all of the following:
The symptoms of acoustic neurinoma may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
There are two types of acoustic neurinomas:
Because symptoms of acoustic neurinomas resemble other middle and inner ear conditions, they may be difficult to diagnose. Preliminary diagnostic procedures include ear examination and hearing test. Computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans help to determine the location and size of the tumor.
Early diagnosis offers the best opportunity for successful treatment.
Specific treatment for acoustic neurinoma will be determined by your physician based on:
In addition to the Gamma Knife available at Robert Wood Johnson, treatment for acoustic neuroma may include surgery. However, surgery for larger tumors is complicated by the probable damage to hearing, balance and facial nerves.
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