- D Kondziolka, LD Lunsford, MR McLaughlin, et al (Univ of Pittsburgh, Pa)
Long-term Outcomes After Radiosurgery for Acoustic Neuromas.
N Engl J Med 339:1426-1433, 1998.
For patients with acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas), the most popular alternative to microsurgical resection is stereotactic surgery. Short-term outcomes after this procedure are satisfactory.
At least up to 10 years after radiosurgery, this approach controls acoustic neuroma while preserving facial function and normal hearing in about half the patients. The only tumor regrowths noted, occurred within four years after radiosurgery and during follow-up most tumours continued to decrease in size.