Are facial nerve outcomes worse following surgery for cystic vestibular schwannoma?

Stephen E.M. Jones (Lead / Corresponding author), David M. Baguley, David A. Moffat

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    Objectives: This study sought to determine explicitly whether postsurgical facial nerve outcomes for patients with a cystic component to a vestibular schwannoma were significantly different from those with a solid tumor. Design: Seventy patients who underwent translabyrinthine surgery for a cystic vestibular schwannoma between May 1981 and the present, and who had complete records in our database, were identified. These were compared with a group of patients with solid tumors matched to the study group on the following parameters: House-Brackmann grade at presentation, tumor size, surgical approach, age. Setting: Regional tertiary referral center. Participants: Adult patients with vestibular schwannomas. Main Outcome Measures: House-Brackmann score 2 years following surgery. Results: No significant difference was found between the two groups. Conclusions: The perceived difference in outcomes between cystic and solid vestibular schwannomas cannot be demonstrated when confounding factors such as tumor size are taken into account.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-284
    Number of pages4
    JournalSkull Base
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2007


    • Facial nerve
    • Outcome measures
    • Vestibular schwannoma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Neurology


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