Acoustio neuromas help!

Jeffrey Sirianni sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu
Wed Apr 26 21:07:05 EST 1995


In article <D7K9FE.9Dq at cunews.carleton.ca>, bgiven at superior.carleton.ca (Brian Given) says:
>
>Hi folks:  I know this may be a bit off base for this group but I
>would be very grateful if anyone could provide information about the
>treatment of acoustio neuromas, especially using the gamma knife
>treatment. Any information, experiences or citations would be very
>much appreciated.
>
>Thanks
>
>          Brian


Acoustic neuromas are tumors that arise within the brainstem and tend to
put pressure on the vestibular and auditory portions of the 8th cranial
nerve.  They arise most commonly from the Schwann cells that cover the
nerve itself, in particular the Schwann cells that surround the vestibular
portion.  In this case, the clincal name for the tumor is Vestibular Schwannoma.

Most signs and symptoms are unilateral, including dizziness, tinnitus, hearing loss,
extremely poor speech recognition, and a hole host of other signs assessable via
audiological procedures.

I am not an expert on the neurosurgical techniques involved with removal, but if
anyone is, please follow up on this...

Jeff Sirianni     @(((<{
University of Texas at Austin
Communication Sciences and Disorders
CMA, 2nd Floor Clinic
Austin, TX  78712-1089
sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu
jgsaudio at aol.com



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