Schwannoma

Schwannoma

Also known as vestibular schwannoma, neurilemmoma and acoustic neuroma (see acoustic neuroma).

Characteristics

  • Arises from cells that form a protective sheath around nerve fibers
  • Typically grows around the eighth cranial nerve, but can be found around other cranial or spinal nerves

Symptoms

  • Reduced hearing in the ear on the side of the tumor when eighth cranial nerve is involved Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Balance problems
  • Deficits depend on the nerve that is affected

Treatment

Surgery and radiotherapy are the most common forms of treatment. If the tumor is not completely removed, recurrence is likely.

Learn more about other tumor types.

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