Cerebellopontine angle meningiomas: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis

M. S. Granick, R. L. Martuza, S. W. Parker, R. G. Ojemann, W. W. Montgomery

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Cerebellopontine angle (CPA) meningiomas constitute about 1% of intracranial meningiomas. The clinical aspects of a series of 32 patients with surgically confirmed CPA meningiomas are analyzed. The most common symptoms at the time of the initial evaluation were from the eighth cranial nerve (unilateral hearing loss - 24 patients, vertigo or imbalance - 19 patients, tinnitus - 11 patients), and the fifth cranial nerve (altered sensation - 9 patients, facial pain - 5 patients). On examination, the most common findings were absent caloric response (19 patients), nystagmus (16 patients), diminished facial sensation (14 patients), ataxia (13 patients), reduced hearing (9 patients), and facial weakness (9 patients). There was often a long interval from the onset of symptoms to the correct diagnosis of a tumor. Brain stem auditory evoked potentials, blink reflex testing, posterior fossa myelography, computerized tomographic scanning, and angiography were abnormal in all patients in whom the test was done, but all tests were not performed on all patients. Computerized tomographic scanning and angiography are important for definitive diagnosis and for planning surgical treatment. The histopathology of the temporal bone was studied in 3 patients with meningiomas in the region of the internal auditory meatus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-38
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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