Neurosurgery; Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Objective: To review the demographic trends clinical spectrum, diagnosis, management and outcome of patients with vestibular Schwannoma and to identify areas where improvements are needed.
Methods: All patients with vestibular schwannoma admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital over the past 11 years were reviewed retrospectively.
Results: The age range of majority of 22 patients analyzed, was 41-50 years (23%). Hearing loss was the most common presenting symptom (96%). Other clinical features included cranial nerve palsies (59%) and headache (55%). Fifty percent had signs of raised intracranial pressure. Neuroimaging revealed "Stage IV b" (tumor distorting the brainstem and compressing the 4th ventricle) in 50% cases. Neurosurgical intervention was carried out in 86%; mainly using the retrosigmoid approach. Postoperative complications included facial nerve palsy in 13 (65%) and hydrocephalus in 5 (25%) patients. Hearing determined clinically was preserved in three patients (14%). One patient died during the inpatient stay.
Conclusion: Presentation of these patients is late and the outcome is poor.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Awan, M. S.,
Qureshi, H. U.,
Sheikh, A. A.,
Ali, M. M.
(2001). Vestibular schwannomas: Clinical presentation, management and outcome. JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 51(2), 63-67.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_fhs_mc_surg_neurosurg/274