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Magnetic resonance imaging: is a single scan ever enough for the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katy Blackmore, Dr Ivan Zammit-Maempel


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A patient presented with unilateral, right-sided hearing loss and finnitus and underwent gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A pure tone audiogram showed a right-sided sensorineural hearing loss. The MRI scan was initially negative but when repeated seven years later, following a further deterioration of symptoms, it showed a 2 mm, right-sided acoustic neuroma. This case has great potential significance for the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma, and it may raise medico-legal issues regarding the exclusion of this diagnosis. The case illustrates that a single negative scan may not be adequate if pure tone audiograms show deterioration in hearing loss.

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Author(s): Kernohan MD, Blackmore KJ, Johns IJM, Zammit-Maempel I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Year: 2006

Volume: 120

Issue: 12

Pages: 1061-1063

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0022215106003057


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