Atypical Tumors of the Facial Nerve

Case Series and Review of the Literature

Lindsey Ross, M.D; Doniel Drazin, M.D; Paula Eboli, M.D; Gregory P. Lekovic, M.D., Ph.D.


Neurosurg Focus. 2013;34(3):e2 

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Much of how we approach facial nerve tumors arises from experience with the natural history of facial nerve schwannomas, characterized by indolent symptomatic progression and slow growth. However, less is known about the natural history of these atypical lesions. In the absence of sufficient clinical data to prove otherwise, a conservative approach may be warranted. Open questions include the role of radiosurgery, facial nerve decompression, and indications for resection of tumor and cable grafting for these rare lesions.