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Vestibular schwannoma

Acoustic neuroma

Non-cancerous (benign) brain tumour

About

A vestibular schwannoma is a tumour that grows from the covering on the vestibular nerve. This nerve runs from the inner ear to the brainstem and plays a role in maintaining your balance. A vestibular schwannoma is a benign tumour, which means it is not cancerous. However, it can still cause hearing loss and more serious problems if the tumour is large enough to put pressure on your brain stem.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) icon plus

    The most common symptoms of a vestibular schawnnoma include:

    • loss of hearing in the affected ear
    • a buzzing or ringing noise (tinnitus)
    • dizziness
    • balance problems
    • facial weakness, numbness or tingling on one side of the face
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Vestibular schwannomas tend to affect adults. They are easily found on MRI scans, but because the symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by other conditions, such as Meniere's disease, scans and the diagnosis are sometimes delayed.

    If your consultant suspects you have a vestibular schwannoma, they may perform one or all of the following:

    • tests of hearing and balance
    • an MRI scan (or a CT if you cannot have an MRI)

    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 your vestibular schwannoma, how quickly the tumour is growing, and your general health.

    Among the main treatment options are:

    Monitoring the tumour with regular MRI scans if the tumour is small
    Radiation, using machines such as the Gamma Knife or CyberKnife
    Surgery under general anaesthetic, if the tumour is very large.
     
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Gamma Knife Treatment

Found out how Gamma Knife technology is undertaken at HCA UK. The Gamma Knife can be used as part of a treatment programme for acoustic neuroma, meningioma and brain tumours. 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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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