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My AN has returned
« on: May 24, 2014, 02:43:10 pm »
I had surgery for left side AN back in '08 and just found out yesterday (after an MRI) that I have a 'residual' AN now 2mx1m. Has anyone here had any recurrences of AN after surgery? I wasn't expecting these results and don't know if my body can handle another surgery. When I had it removed in '08, my whole body ached for two full years. I had flu-like symptoms about 5 days out of each week. I believe it was a form of Fibromyalgia as a result of the surgery. I've been quite depressed ever since I received the news. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


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Re: My AN has returned
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 05:44:20 pm »
Hi Vicki, when they say "residual", did they specify whether it's a new growth, or the remainder from your first surgery?
3.0cm AN diagnosed 08/11, age 47
surgery 09/11, Dr. Patel (MUSC), 95% removed
SSD with tinnitus, right side facial paralysis, vision and balance issues
facial movement much improved, and still returning after 3yrs
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Re: My AN has returned
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 06:53:11 pm »
Yes, I have read lots of posts from members who had residual ANs.

Fortunately, the smallness of yours probably makes you a good candidate for fractionated small dose radiation to kill it without another surgery.
3/15/18 12mm x 6mm x5mm
9/21/16 12mm x 7mm x 5mm
3/23/15 12mm x 5.5mm x 4mm
3/13/14 12mm x 6mm x 4mm
8/1/13 14mm x 5mm x 4mm (Expected)
1/22/13 12mm x 3mm (Gamma Knife)
10/10/12 11mm x 4mm x 5mm
4/4/12 9mm x 4mm x 3mm (Diagnosis)

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Re: My AN has returned
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 10:55:44 pm »
I found out about 8 years post op I had either residual tumor that was growing or happened to grow another AN in the same site. I remained watch and wait for a few years then elected to have it removed surgically. I could have had gamma knife but declined, I wanted to know it was GONE! You have choices with it being small, you don't necessarily have to have surgery for this, check out you options.
I must say though that I found surgery the second time around a breeze, first time I lost all that could be lost (facial nerve, hearing, balance etc.) so I didn't have that to adjust to, also the second time around it was a very Short surgery compared to the first.
take care, Kathleen
1st AN surgery @ age 23, 16 hours
Loss of 7-10th nerves
mulitple "plastic" repairs to compensate for effects of 7th nerve loss
tumor regrowth, monitored for a few years then surgically removed @ age 38 (of my choice, not medically necessary yet)