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Schwannoma is a type of noncancerous tumor also known as vestibular Schwannoma. Schwannoma involves the Schwann cells that protect the nerves. It can develop anywhere Schwann cells are present. Symptoms of Schwannoma are:
• pain and irritation to nerve
• Development of one or more tumors
• balance difficulty
• Dizziness or vertigo
• Numbness in face
• Ringing in ear
• Difficulty in hearing
HOW IS SCHWANNOMA DIAGNOSED?
In order to be able to diagnose Schwannoma, one would be required to undergo a complete physical exam. Doctor would analyse the patient's medical history and run tests such as X-ray, ultrasound and MRI. In some cases, biopsy may also be required.
HOW IS SCHWANNOMA TREATED?
Treatment for Schwannoma depends on the size and location of tumor, and whether it is benign or malignant. Standard treatment is removal of tumor, in some cases this needs to be evaluated if the tumor is present in a vital position. Malignant tumors may need radiation therapy post removal
DID YOU KNOW?
Schwannomas account for about 8% of all primary brain tumors. They typically occur in middle-aged adults, and females are twice as likely as males to have this tumor.