Sterotactic radiosurgery seems to treat large acoustic neuromas

Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, which is an approved treatment for small to medium-sized acoustic neuromas, appears to have been a successful treatment for large acoustic neuromas too. A Mayo Clinic study, revealed that majority of patients, suffering from large acoustic neuromas, also known as vestibular schwannoma or neurolemmoma may probably be treated by Gamma Knife surgery

Acoustic neuroma which is a noncancerous tissue arises on a cranial nerve leading from the brain to the inner ear. It is this nerve, which is responsible in transmitting sound and balance information from the inner ear to the brain. Hearing loss, dizziness and ringing in the ears are some of the common symptoms faced by a patient suffering from acoustic neuroma. There are several treatments available like observation, surgical removal and stereotactic radiosurgery. Every year, more than 2,200 patients are provided with care and attention by the Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons.

Michael Link, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and study author, stated, “Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery allows us to perform neurosurgery without an incision. Instead, we use gamma radiation to destroy diseased tissue while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. It is typically a short procedure and most patients can be discharged from the hospital the same day.”

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