- Symptoms and Treatments
Schwannoma, also known as
vestibular schwannoma, is characterized by the slow growth of a
benign tumor that develops in the nerves of the inner ear, which
result from the overproduction of Schwann cells, the cells that
surround nerves to provide support and protection. As schwannoma
grows, it can cause ringing in the ears (tinnitus), vertigo, or
hearing loss. If it is left untreated, it may press against the
nerves of the face and cause facial paralysis. If you think that
you or someone you know may be suffering from schwannoma, you should
contact a physician as soon as possible.
Treatments for Schwannoma include:
It is imperative to catch schwannoma as
soon as possible, to prevent serious damage from occurring. At the
first sign of symptoms, you should inform your physician or healthcare
provider and describe what you are feeling. This is a very serious
condition, and there should be no hesitation in seeking treatment.
Early detection is the only proven way of stopping, or at least
slowing the progression, of schwannoma.
- Surgical removal
- Radiation therapy
- Long-term monitoring