Schwannoma is a slow growing benign tumor of the nerve of hearing (the 8th cranial nerve, also known as the acoustic or vestibulocochlear nerve).Schwannomas are usually located in the angle between the cerebellum and the pons, in the back of the skull (the posterior fossa).Common symptoms of Schwannoma are one-sided hearing loss and buzzing or ringing in the ear. Dizziness may also occur, although it is less common. If the tumor affects the facial nerve, facial paralysis may occur. Other symptoms include difficulty in swallowing, impaired eye movement, taste disturbances, and unsteadiness.
HOW IS SCHWANNOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by an oncologist who would do a scan or MRI along with a tissue test to check for malignancy.
HOW IS SCHWANNOMA TREATED?
The only option or treatment for Schwannoma is to get rid of the tumour through a surgical procedure. Methods like Stereotactic radiosurgery are done in case the tumour is expected to be malicious.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most common areas of Schwannoma are nerves of head, neck and arms and legs