Referral patterns in vestibular schwannomas - 10 Years on

D. A. Moffat, S. E.M. Jones (Lead / Corresponding author), S. Mahendran, R. Humphriss, D. M. Baguley

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Diagnostic imaging techniques, symptom awareness and education of local sources of referral in vestibular schwannomas, including general practitioners, have all improved in the last 10 years. The referral patterns in vestibular schwannomas in Cambridgeshire in the period 1981-1993 has been reported. A direct comparison was made with regard to referral patterns seen in the last 10 years paying particular emphasis to source of referral, diagnosis at referral and symptoms/size at presentation. The incidence of vestibular schwannomas in the region is compared and discussed. Patients' managed by the 'watch and wait' policy were particularly scrutinized, as they were not discussed previously. Retrospective analysis of computerized database was used. We have demonstrated an increase in the proportion of referrals with known vestibular schwannoma to 90% of all referrals. No significant change in length of history prior to referral, source of referral or principal presenting symptom were found. An overall decrease in tumour size was found but an increase in the percentage with larger tumours (>4.5 cm). We attribute the significant findings to an increase in availability of magnetic resonance (MR) scanners in the country during the past 10 years. It appears that some tumours would still present with no symptoms until late and therefore will elude identification until large in spite of a low threshold for MR scanning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-517
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2004


  • Referral
  • Schwannoma
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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