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Neurol Res. 2011 Dec;33(10):1032-7. doi: 10.1179/1743132811Y.0000000027.

Recurrence rate, time to progression and facial nerve function in microsurgery of vestibular schwannoma.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany.



Recurrence rate, time to progression, and facial nerve function were analysed by comparing patients with complete and near total tumor removal after suboccipital craniotomy for vestibular schwannoma surgery.


From 1996 to 2004, 118 patients with vestibular schwannoma were operated with an interdisciplinary approach. Fifty patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included in the study. Progression was defined as an increase of ⩾2 mm in the largest diameter in the magnetic resonance imaging. Preoperative tumor size, facial nerve function estimated using the House-Brackmann score (HBS), time to progression, and recurrence rate were analysed and related to the extent of resection.


In 28 cases (group I), a capsular remnant was left. In 22 cases (group II), tumor removal was complete. In group I, nine patients (32·1%) showed progression. In group II, two patients (9·1%) developed a recurrent tumor, no significance (P = 0·085). In groups I and II, 53·6 and 59·6% had a good function of the facial nerve (HBS I+II), 28·6% in group I and 13·5% in group II had a moderate disturbance (HBS III+IV), and 17·9% in group I and 27·7% in group II had a poor function (HBS V+VI). There was no significant difference between median preoperative tumor size and facial nerve function within patients with HBS III and IV.


Complete tumor removal may be associated with a risk of functional loss, whereas near total tumor removal may be associated with a higher risk of progression.

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