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Is hearing preservation worthwhile in vestibular schwannoma surgery?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10908967     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of hearing preservation in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery. Hearing preservation was attempted in 123 of 383 patients operated on during the years 1979 to 1993 at Helsinki University Hospital. Hearing was preserved in 47 cases. Pure-tone averages (PTA) better than 30 dB were found in 12 cases postoperatively. Seventy percent of the patients rated their hearing preservation as valuable or very valuable. Only 8% did not find hearing preservation useful. Postoperatively, tinnitus was present in 62% of the patients, and it was a moderate problem in only 23% of the patients. In only one subject was the tinnitus a handicap that reduced the quality of life. Based on these experiences, we encourage surgeons to continue efforts to preserve hearing in VS surgery.
H Levo; G Blomstedt; I Pyykkö
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica. Supplementum     Volume:  543     ISSN:  0365-5237     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol Suppl     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-14     Completed Date:  2000-12-14     Revised Date:  2008-02-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370355     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol Suppl     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Deafness / diagnosis,  epidemiology
Hearing / physiology*
Middle Aged
Neuroma, Acoustic / surgery*
Postoperative Complications / diagnosis,  epidemiology
Quality of Life
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Tinnitus / diagnosis,  epidemiology

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