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Long-term quality of life in patients with vestibular schwannoma managed with microsurgery

  • C Santa Maria (a1) (a2) (a3), P L Santa Maria (a1) (a2) (a3), V Bulsara (a4), J Jayawardena (a2) (a3), J D Caldow (a2), L H Png (a2) (a3) and M D Atlas (a2) (a3)...



Little is known about the long term (greater than 10 years) quality of life in patients with vestibular schwannoma. This study aimed to evaluate long-term outcomes in patients with vestibular schwannoma.


A retrospective cohort study was performed across 2 academic institutions, with patients followed at least 10 years after vestibular schwannoma surgery (2000 to 2007). Telephone interviews were used to assess quality of life using the Glasgow Benefit Inventory and short form 12 item (version 2) health survey.


A total of 99 out of 110 patients were included. Increasing age and symptom burden were associated with poorer quality of life (p = 0.01 and 0.02, respectively). The presence of imbalance, headache and facial nerve dysfunction were all associated with poorer quality of life scores (p = 0.01, 0.04 and 0.02, respectively).


Identifying and managing post-operative symptoms may improve quality of life in vestibular schwannoma patients and can guide clinical decision making.


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Author for correspondence: Dr Chloe Santa Maria, Stanford University School of Medicine, c/o Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, 801 Welch Rd, Stanford 94305, USA E-mail: Fax: +1 650 725 8502


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Long-term quality of life in patients with vestibular schwannoma managed with microsurgery

  • C Santa Maria (a1) (a2) (a3), P L Santa Maria (a1) (a2) (a3), V Bulsara (a4), J Jayawardena (a2) (a3), J D Caldow (a2), L H Png (a2) (a3) and M D Atlas (a2) (a3)...


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