Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)
, usually , which may develop on the and . Can cause gradual , , and/or dizziness.
About Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)
A vestibular schwannoma (also known as neuroma, acoustic neurinoma, or acoustic neurilemoma) is a , usually slow-growing that develops from the and supplying the . The tumor comes from an overproduction of –the cells that normally wrap around like onion to help support and insulate nerves.
As the vestibular schwannoma grows, it presses against the and , usually causing (one-sided) or asymmetric , (), and dizziness/loss of balance. As the grows, it can interfere with the face sensation (the trigeminal nerve), causing facial numbness.
Vestibular schwannomas can also press on the facial (for the of the face) causing facial weakness or paralysis on the side of the . If the tumor becomes large, it will eventually press against nearby structures (such as the and the ), becoming life-threatening….