Acoustic neuroma in children


Non-cancerous (benign) brain tumour in children

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Is an acoustic neuromas different for a child?

Acoustic neuroma's, are rarer in children than in adults and are often associated with neurofibromatosis type 2. The only confirmed risk factor for acoustic neuroma is having a parent with the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 2.

In children it is a tumour that grows on the nerve of the ear. The nerve runs from your brain stem to the ear and plays a role in a child's hearing development and balance. An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour, however, it can still cause serious problems if the tumour increases in size and becomes large enough to put pressure on the brain stem.

Need to know

The most common symptoms of an acoustic neuroma in children include:

  • loss of hearing in the affected ear
  • a buzzing or ringing noise (tinnitus)
  • dizziness
  • unsteady on their feet

Acoustic neuromas are rare in children. While they can be detected before they become too large, they are difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be caused by other conditions. If your child's consultant suspects they have an acoustic neuroma, they may perform one or all of the following tests:

  • check their hearing to find out if the problem is related to the nerve
  • take a picture of the inside of their head with a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan
  • use images from a CT (computed tomography) scan to build an image of the inside of your child's head

Your consultant will then discuss the results of any tests with you.

Your consultant will discuss treatment options with you depending on the position and size of the acoustic neuroma, how quickly the tumour is growing and your child's general health.

Among the main treatment options are:

  • monitor the tumour using MRI if the symptoms are mild
  • if a tumour is large or growing quickly it can be removed by surgery under general anaesthetic

Our Acoustic neuroma in children locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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