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Acoustic neuroma in children

Paediatric vestibular schwannoma

Non-cancerous (benign) brain tumour in children

About

An acoustic neuroma 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 hearing and maintaining your balance. This is a benign tumour, which means it is not cancerous. However, it can still cause serious problems if the tumour is large enough to put pressure on your brain stem.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Acoustic neuroma in children icon plus

    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
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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.

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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
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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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