Is an acoustic neuroma an emergency?

Is an acoustic neuroma an emergency?

An acoustic neuroma is a growth (tumour) on the nerve to the inner ear. It does not turn into cancer. But it can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and dizziness. A large acoustic neuroma can press on the brain and become life-threatening.

Is an acoustic neuroma a critical illness?

Large acoustic neuromas can be serious because they can sometimes cause a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus). But it’s rare for them to reach this stage. Many grow very slowly or not at all, and those that grow more quickly can be treated before they become too big.

What kind of tumor is an acoustic neuroma?

Acoustic neuromas, also known as vestibular schwannomas, are benign tumors that arise from the cochleovestibular (hearing and balance) nerve. Over 5,000 of these tumors are diagnosed in the United States per year.

How are acoustic neuroma and vestibular schwannoma treated?

The terms “acoustic neuroma” and “vestibular schwannoma” mean the same thing. It is a rare tumor that often affects middle-aged people. Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) is diagnosed using hearing tests and imaging tests. Treatment can include observation (watching and waiting), surgery or radiation.

How is acoustic neuroma treated at Mayo Clinic?

Acoustic neuroma usually arises from the Schwann cells covering this nerve and grows slowly or not at all. Rarely, it may grow rapidly and become large enough to press against the brain and interfere with vital functions. Treatments for acoustic neuroma include regular monitoring, radiation and surgical removal. Acoustic neuroma care at Mayo Clinic

Can a neuroma cause only one ear to be affected?

Again, the space-occupying growth of the acoustic neuroma can result in pressure damage of nerves and consequently varying symptoms. A characteristic element of acoustic neuroma is a one-sided onset of symptoms, i.e. only one ear is affected.