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76th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

04.05. - 08.05.2005, Erfurt

Influences on quality of life in patients with acoustic neuroma

Meeting Abstract

  • corresponding author Veit Hegenbarth - Dept. of ENT, University of Magdeburg
  • Bernd Freigang - Dept. of ENT, University of Magdeburg
  • Günter Gademann - Dept. of Radiotherapy, University of Magdeburg

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie. 76. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e.V.. Erfurt, 04.-08.05.2005. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2005. Doc05hno111

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Published: September 22, 2005

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We investigated 143 patients diagnosed with acoustic neuroma using the german translation of the Short Form Health S urvey (SF- 36). Patients treated by microsurgery, by fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy and patients in wait and scan policy were included. We showed an increase of psychological well-being in the groups of patients passed microsurgery or radiotherapy in relation to patients treated conservatively. A deterioration of quality of life was found in patients with vertigo and in patients suffering from tinnitus. Surprisingly there was no correlation between loss of hearing, degree of facial nerve functioning and quality of life. A small group (9%) reported to have severe personal problems due to unilateral hearing loss. In these patients we found a deterioration of quality of life. The incidence of depression in history for these patients was 33%. We compared quality of life of patients passed surgery by middle fossa approach, by anterosigmoid approach and of patients after fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy. There was no significant difference between these groups.