Management of Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma

Matthew L. Carlson, Michael J. Link, George B. Wanna, Colin L.W. Driscoll

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Vestibular schwannomas (VS) comprise 8% of all intracranial tumors and 90% of cerebellopontine angle and internal auditory canal neoplasms. Secondary to the widespread adoption of screening protocols for asymmetrical hearing loss and the increasing use of advanced imaging, the number of VS diagnosed each year continues to rise, while the average size has declined. Microsurgery remains the treatment of choice for large tumors, however the management of small- to medium-sized VS remains highly controversial with options including observation, radiotherapy, or microsurgery. Within this chapter, the authors provide an overview of the contemporary management of VS, reviewing important considerations and common controversies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-422
Number of pages16
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Cerebellopontine angle
  • Internal auditory canal
  • Skull base
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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