An Acoustic Neuroma is a tumor found in the area of the brain where the auditory (hearing) nerve enters the bony opening of the skull between the brain and the inner ear. The tumor arises in the vestibular nerve, which is involved in balance, and therefore the proper name is a vestibular schwannoma. These tumors are typically benign. People with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF-2) commonly have acoustic neuromas. Because the treatment of acoustic neuromas is rarely urgent, patients should strongly consider obtaining second opinions prior to undergoing treatment. The chances of a good outcome are increased at larger centers treating a high volume of acoustic neuroma patients.
The best treatment option(s) for any individual patient is based on multiple factors. Consultation with a neurosurgeon with expertise in, and with access to, all state-of-the-art treatment options is recommended.
The Neuro-ICU cares for patients with all types of neurosurgical and neurological injuries, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. We work in close cooperation with your surgeon or medical doctor with whom you have had initial contact. Together with the surgeon or medical doctor, the Neuro-ICU attending physician and team members direct your family member's care while in the ICU. The Neuro-ICU team consists of the bedside nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians in specialty training (Fellows) and attending physicians. UCLA Neuro ICU Family Guide