Author Topic: Gamma knife vs Surgery for small AN  (Read 2244 times)

YousefAN

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Gamma knife vs Surgery for small AN
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:47:26 pm »
Hello all,

I have a recent diagnosis of AN after having symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus. I am 26 years old and have no other current significant medical problems. My AN is 8 x 8 x 9 mm in size. I am trying to decide between surgery and gamma knife. I currently have fully functional hearing level with only a mild degree of loss. I'd like to hear any opinions/experiences between the two regarding the size of my AN and the related risks between each treatment options?

Also if there are any good websites/articles I can read that were helpful about AN?

Thanks

arizonajack

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Re: Gamma knife vs Surgery for small AN
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2014, 11:00:11 am »
We can only give you our own experiences.

In my case my AN hearing was about 90% gone when I was diagnosed with a 3mm x 4mm x 9mm AN. Six months later the AN had grown about 20% and the hearing on that side was 100% gone.

There are surgical techniques that might preserve hearing and Gamma Knife has also been shown to preserve hearing in some cases.

Here is some material I've gathered.

http://www.myacoustic.org/steven-chang-interview-acoustic-neuroma-treatment.html

http://thejns.org/doi/pdf/10.3171/2012.7.GKS12783

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/857604-overview#showall

http://www.panarabneurosurgery.org.sa/journal/October2008/p1-10%20(551).pdf

Google "acoustic neuroma hearing preservation" or some such and you'll probably find additional resources.

I suggest, however, that time is not your friend if you want to preserve your hearing.
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)

My story at: http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=18287.0

 


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