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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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Department of Otolaryngology , School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.


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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