Update on diagnostics and microsurgical treatment of vestibular schwannoma.

[Update on diagnostics and microsurgical treatment of vestibular schwannoma]. Nervenarzt. 2019 May 10;: Authors: Ebner FH, Tatagiba M Abstract Vestibular schwannomas are primary benign tumors of the cerebellopontine angle originating either from the superior or the inferior vestibular nerve. Hearing deterioration is the leading symptom, which is why the widespread name for this tumor is acoustic neuroma. Due to the widespread availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the diagnosis of vestibular schwannoma is frequently made in an early stage of the disease. In these cases a wait and scan policy is recommended. If the tumor grows, the therapeutic options are stereotactic radiotherapy or microsurgical tumor operation. Young patient age, functional hearing ability, persistent dizziness, cystic tumor consistence and large space-occupying tumor size are in favor of surgery via the retrosigmoid, transmeatal approach. In experienced hands excellent results in terms of functional preservation of the facial nerve and the cochlear nerve and radical tumor resection can be obtained. PMID: 31076802 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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