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J Laryngol Otol. 2014 Jul;128 Suppl 2:S16-26. doi: 10.1017/S0022215113003216. Epub 2013 Dec 19.

Factors associated with symptom-specific psychological and functional impact among acoustic neuroma patients.

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1
School of Psychology and Psychiatry,Monash University,Melbourne,Australia.
2
William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre,Alfred Hospital,Melbourne,Australia.
3
Department of Otolaryngology,University of Melbourne,Melbourne, Victoria,Australia.
4
ENT-Otoneurology Unit,Alfred Hospital,Melbourne,Australia.
5
Cabrini Monash Psycho-oncology,Cabrini Institute,Cabrini Health, Melbourne,Australia.
6
Head and Neck/Ear Nose Throat Unit,St Vincent's Hospital,Melbourne, Victoria,Australia.
7
Department of Radiation Oncology,Prince of Wales Cancer Centre,Sydney, New South Wales,Australia.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological and functional impact attributed to acoustic neuroma symptoms.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A sample of 207 acoustic neuroma patients completed a study-specific questionnaire about the severity, frequency, and psychological and functional impact of 9 acoustic neuroma symptoms.

RESULTS:

The survey response rate was 56.4 per cent. All symptoms had some degree of psychological impact for the majority of participants; hearing loss was the symptom most often reported to have a severe psychological impact. The majority of respondents reported functional impact attributed to hearing loss, balance disturbance, dizziness, eye problems, headache and fatigue; balance disturbance was the symptom most often reported to have a severe functional impact. For most symptoms, psychological and functional impact were related to severity and frequency.

CONCLUSION:

Of the acoustic neuroma symptoms investigated, hearing loss and balance disturbance were the most likely to have a severe psychological and functional impact, respectively.

PMID:
24351880
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215113003216
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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