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What is vestibular schwannoma?

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A type of schwannoma called vestibular schwannoma (or acoustic neuroma) affects the nerve that connects the brain to the inner ear, which can affect your sense of balance. Although schwannomas do not spread, they can grow large enough to press down on important structures in the brain (including the brain stem).

From: Neurofibrosarcoma and Schwannoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center: "Nerve Sheath Tumors."

The University Hospital: "Treatment of NF1."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma)."

Neville H. ; March 2003. Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Acoustic Neuroma Association: "What is Acoustic Neuroma."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.:"Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis."

Fletcher, Christopher D.M. , 3rd ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center: "Nerve Sheath Tumors."

The University Hospital: "Treatment of NF1."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma)."

Neville H. ; March 2003. Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Acoustic Neuroma Association: "What is Acoustic Neuroma."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.:"Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis."

Fletcher, Christopher D.M. , 3rd ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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