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An alternative treatment for facial nerve tumors: Short-term results of radiotherapy

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September 26, 2008
by Todd A. Hillman, MD, Douglas A. Chen, MD, FACS, and Russell Fuhrer, MD


A review of medical records of patients undergoing radiotherapy for facial nerve tumors was undertaken to determine subsequent facial nerve results, hearing results, and tumor control. Two patients with facial nerve tumors received this treatment. Facial nerve function remains excellent in one patient and significantly improved in the other. Neither tumor demonstrated growth. Current philosophies of facial nerve schwannoma management attempt to balance tumor control with facial nerve function. Radiotherapy for these tumors appears to preserve short-term facial function and may be a viable alternative to surgical management.

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