ACUSTIC NEUROMA Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Acoustic neuroma also known as
vestibular schwannoma is a non cancerous and usually slow growing tumor that
develops on the main vestibular nerve leading from your inner ear to your
brain branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing and
pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss ringing in your ear
and unsteadiness acoustic neuroma usually arises from the Schwann cells
covering this nerve and grows slowly or not at all
rarely it may grow rapidly and become large enough to press against the brain
and interfere with vital functions symptoms signs and symptoms of acoustic
neuroma are often subtle and may take many years to develop
they usually arise from the tumors effects on the hearing and balance
nerves pressure from the tumor on adjacent nerves controlling facial
muscles and sensation facial and trigeminal nerves nearby blood vessels
or brain structures may also cause problems as the tumor grows it may be
more likely to cause more noticeable or severe signs and symptoms common signs
and symptoms of acoustic neuroma will include hearing loss usually gradual
although in some cases sudden and occurring on only one side or more
pronounced on one side ringing denied us in the affected ear unsteadiness loss of
balance dizziness vertigo facial numbness and very rarely weakness or
loss of muscle movement in rare cases an acoustic neuroma may grow large enough
to compress the brainstem and become life-threatening causes the cause of
acoustic neuromas appears to be a malfunctioning gene on chromosome 22
normally this gene produces a tumor suppressor protein that helps control
the growth of Schwann cells govern the nerves what makes this gene
malfunction isn’t clear and in most cases of acoustic neuroma
there is no identifiable cause this faulty gene is also inherited in
neurofibromatosis type 2 a rare disorder that usually involves the growth of
tumors on balanced nerves on both sides of your head
bilateral vestibular schwannomas treatments your acoustic neuroma
treatment may vary depending on the size and growth of the acoustic neuroma your
overall health and if you’re experiencing symptoms to treat acoustic
neuroma your doctor may suggest one or more of three potential treatment
methods monitoring surgery or radiation therapy every individual needs unique
treatment and care we encourage people with acoustic neuroma and their families
to learn as much as possible about the latest medical treatment and approaches
as well as healthy lifestyle choices stay strong live long
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