Schwannoma is a benign nerve sheath tumor involving Schwann cell. These tumours usually coat the nerves and in some cases externally emerge as a bony structure. These tumours grow very slowly. Some of the symptoms of Schwannoma include pain or irritation to nerve, balancing difficulty, headaches, hearing difficulty and dizziness.
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?
Total removal using microsurgical techniques is recommended. Stereotactic radiosurgery may be used as an alternative to surgery in some patients.
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.