An acoustic neuroma is a rare low-grade tumor that develops in the inner ear. These tumors are slow growing but can affect a patients hearing and balance. If it goes untreated, the tumor can cause total loss of hearing and even death in rare cases. This tumor type currently affects less than 4 out of every 100,000 people.
Previously, these tumors were routinely monitored and the surgery included removing bone from the skull during extraction. The newest procedure to remove this tumor takes a minimally invasive approach. There is currently record of this procedure being performed two times in the United States. The benefits of the surgery include less pain and a quicker recovery time. This surgery also offers an earlier treatment option that was not previously possible. This surgery is undergoing further evaluation to compare the outcomes with the more standard surgical options.
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