Acoustic Neuroma, Treatment of

R. W. Porter, Peter Weisskopf, R. F. Spetzler

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Acoustic neuromas are benign tumors of the vestibular division of the eighth cranial nerve. They are rarely a threat to life. About half of these tumors will grow over a 4-year period. The average growth rate is 1-2. mm per year. If left untreated, approximately 40% of people with acoustic neuromas will lose their hearing, regardless of tumor size or growth. Treatment options include radiosurgery, surgery, and observation. Advantages and disadvantages are associated with each approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Cerebellopontine angle
  • Facial nerve
  • Hearing loss
  • Middle fossa
  • Nerve tumor
  • Radiosurgery
  • Retrosigmoid
  • Tinnitus
  • Translabyrinthine
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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