When is observation an acceptable option for an acoustic neuroma?

Isaac Yang, MD
The first option in the treatment of acoustic neuromas is observation. If they're small and slow growing, observation could be considered. Research has shown that what is really important about acoustic neuromas is the growth rate, i.e., how fast the tumor is growing, not the size of the acoustic neuroma. Fast-growing acoustic neuromas cause problems, while slow-growing acoustic neuromas may just need to be observed. Growth factor is a key prognostic factor in hearing preservation.

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