ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

ACOUSTIC TUMOUR

Acoustic Neuroma is a benign tumour which grows from the nerve which goes from the ear to the brain. This is a slow growing tumour and takes several years to start giving trouble. When the tumour becomes big, symptoms like hearing loss, ringing in the affected ear, unsteadiness or loss of balance, dizziness etc may start occuring. A malfunctioning gene is known to cause acoustic neuroma in some patients while some may get it genetically through one of the parent but in most of the cases the cause is not known.

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms then you must see an ENT Specialist or a Neurosurgeon at the earliest. The ENT specialist will do a thorough physical examination and ear checkup. The hearing loss could be due to an infection in the ear. An audiometry test which measures the hearing capability is a good beginning. MRI scan of the ear is the best diagnostic test as it can pick tumours which are just 1-2 mm in diameter. If MRI is not available then a CT Scan can be done but it may miss very small tumours.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Your neurosurgeon may recommend one of the 3 treatment options for acoustic neuroma - Monitoring, Surgery or Radiation. If the tumour is very small and is not causing any major problems then the neurosurgeon may suggest monitoring the growth of the tumour at regular intervals. In this you would be required to undergo audiometry test and MRI scan at 6-12 months interval to see the growth of the tumour. If the growth is slow then surgery may be avoided.

If the tumour is causing moderate to severe symptoms then surgical removal of the tumour at the hands of an experienced neurosurgeon is the best solution. The surgeon will try to remove as much of the tumour as possible without causing any damage to the facial nerves. The surgery can be done either through the ear or through the skull. Any neurosurgery has high level of risk associated in terms of complications arising out of the surgery. Gamma Knife can be used for tumours less than 3 cm in diameter in patients who are considered high risk for neurosurgery.

COST OF TREATMENT

Max Hospitals at New Delhi and Gurgaon have the most advanced cutting edge technology when it comes to Acoustic Neuroma Surgery. The operation theatres are equipped with very high precision Operating Microscopes from Karl Storz, Germany. The Brain Suite helps the neurosurgeon in distinguishing between healthy brain tissue and cancerous tumour while doing the surgery. The technology deployed at Max Hospital in the field of Neurosurgery makes us the premier centre in the world. India offers huge advantages in terms of cost of treatment, cost of hotels, food and travel.

Acoustic Neuroma Surgery in India will cost in the range of USD 6000 - 9000 depending upon the type and size of tumour, age and general health of the patient. Max Hospital offers all kinds of accomodation for the patients - ward beds, shared rooms and single private rooms. In India the cost of doctor consultation and diagnostics is also the lowest in the world. Our team has done more than 15000 brain and spine surgeries with success rate in excess of 98%.

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