Acoustic Neuroma Decision Tree
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Acoustic Neuroma Decision Tree

 

A PATIENT'S GUIDE TO DISCOVERY, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Begin to experience the symptoms - loss of hearing on one side only, tinnitus, fullness in the ear, problems with balance and vertigo.

See physician (a neurotologist specialist) if possible.

Hearing test (audiogram) and MRI with contrast should be performed to determine diagnosis.

Acoustic neuroma diagnosis

Patient should:

  1. Learn as much as possible about AN at www.ANAUSA.org.
  2. Order free ANA information packet which includes the Willing to Talk list.
  3. Contact others who have an AN.
  4. Review all treatment options available based on the size of the tumor, its location, your age, symptoms, status of hearing and overall health.
  5. After MRI, get copy on disk to share with other physicians when seeking additional opinions.
  6. Consult with a minimum of two to four physicians, including a neurosurgeon, neurotologist and radiation oncologist.
  7. Consider physician who has substantial experience in treating acoustic neuroma, even if not in your home town.
  8. Investigate health insurance coverage and determine which physicians/medical centers will take your insurance.

Patient works with medical team to choose best course of action:
Watch and Wait
Microsurgery
Radiosurgery

 

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