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Overview Acoustic Schwannoma

Acoustic schwannoma, also known as Vestibular schwannoma, is an uncommon cancerous tumour in the nerve connecting the inner ear with the brain. Acoustic schwannoma can lead to hearing loss and unbearable pain in the ear. It can be treated by surgical removal, radiation and regular monitoring by the neurosurgeon specialist.

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Symptoms

People with Acoustic Schwannoma often experience the following symptoms or signs: Losing hearing ability Numbness in the face Unsteadiness Vertigo Tinnitus in the ear


Causes

The cause of acoustic schwannoma is a malfunction of Chromosome 22(Gene). Chromosome 22 produces a protein that controls the development of Schwann cell.


Diagnosis

Acoustic schwannoma develops slowly so it may be difficult to detect the tumour at an early stage. Ythe doctor may conduct the following tests: Hearing test Imaging tests


Treatments

Stereotactic radiosurgery The objective of stereotactic radiosurgery is to stop the growth of the tumour. A beam of radiation is directed towards the tumour for a small duration. Surgical removal The patient may need a surgery to remove an acoustic schwannoma. Depending on the size of the tumour the technique may vary. The tumour is removed through the ear or by making a window in the patient skull.


Prevention

Acoustic schwannoma cannot be prevented.


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