The most common type of brain tumor is the acoustic neuroma, with nearly 3,000 new patients diagnosed with this condition each year in the U.S. Although acoustic neuroma is not cancerous, it can be life threatening if it grows large enough to press on the brain stem. An acoustic neuroma is notorious for causing hearing loss and other ear problems due to its location, but it can also cause facial nerve palsy and paralysis.
An acoustic neuroma normally grows on the eighth cranial nerve that is located between the brain stem and the ear. This nerve carries signals to the brain that impact hearing and balance. While vertigo and hearing loss are common with acoustic neuroma due to the nerve it affects, it also can impact facial nerves. If the tumor grows larger, it can press on nerves that affect facial movement, or the facial nerve can be impacted during removal of an acoustic neuroma and lead to facial palsy. If this occurs, surgical intervention may be indicated to facilitate facial reanimation.
Treatments for Acoustic Neuroma Facial Paralysis
Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is one of the leading specialists in the country for facial paralysis treatment. As a dual board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience working with patients with facial paralysis, he offers the most advanced treatments available. For those with facial palsy caused by acoustic neuroma, he can create a customized treatment plan to address specific concerns. This can include using gold weights for eyelid reconstruction and other treatments to address synkinesis and additional facial movement problems.
If you or a family member have experienced facial nerve palsy or paralysis caused by an acoustic neuroma, there may be treatment options to improve facial function and appearance. Contact Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, at his office in NYC or Staten Island to schedule a consultation to discuss your condition and the treatment options available.