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Acta Otolaryngol. 2001 Jan;121(1):59-61.

Quality of life of vestibular schwannoma patients after surgery.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology , School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. yas712@mc.med.keio.ac.jp

Abstract

The quality of life of vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients after surgery was investigated. The subjects consisted of 236 unilateral VS patients who underwent tumor removal between 1990 and 1997. A questionnaire was sent to all patients regarding their hearing, tinnitus, dizziness and the changes in their daily life after surgery; 176 out of 204 patients (86%) who received the questionnaire completed and returned it. The answers were compared with recent data reported in other clinical studies. Ninety percent of the patients with postoperative class A hearing were satisfied with their hearing. However, only 30% of patients with postoperative class B hearing were satisfied. Tinnitus worsened after surgery more often in patients who underwent a labyrinthectomy than in those who did not. Dizziness improved after surgery in the majority of VS patients. However, 30% of patients had difficulty driving a car and 50% of patients could not enjoy activities such as playing sport after surgery.

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