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Acoustic Neuroma


Acoustic neuroma is a non cancerous tumor which develops on the vestibular nerve going from the brain to the inner ear.

The cause for acoustic neuroma is not known, though sometimes a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis 2 can cause it.


  • Loss of hearing
  • Tinnitus
  • Loss of balance
  • Sometimes, facial numbness  or weakness
  • Rarely headaches or sight problems

The treatment depends on the size of the tumor, results of the tests done, general health. It includes:

  • Observation: Sometimes, due to old age or some other reasons, the tumor may be observed for some time before giving any treatment.
  • Radiotherapy: It helps to control the tumor but cannot remove it completely.
  • Surgery: It is performed under general anesthesia to remove the tumor completely.

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