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Vestibular schwannoma; Tumor - acoustic; Cerebellopontine angle tumor; Angle tumor
The symptoms vary based on the size and location of the tumor. Because the tumor grows so slowly, symptoms usually start after the age of 30.
Common symptoms include:
Less common symptoms include:
The health care provider may diagnose an acoustic neuroma based on your medical history, an examination of your nervous system, or tests.
Often, the physical exam is normal at the time the tumor is diagnosed. Occasionally, the following signs may be present:
The most useful test to identify an acoustic neuroma is an MRI of the head. Other useful tests to diagnose the tumor and tell it apart from other causes of dizziness or vertigo include:
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