The Long-Term Outcomes of Wait-and-Scan and the Role of Radiotherapy in the Management of Vestibular Schwannomas.

The Long-Term Outcomes of Wait-and-Scan and the Role of Radiotherapy in the Management of Vestibular Schwannomas.

Patnaik Uma, Prasad Sampath Chandra, Tutar Hakan, Giannuzzi Anna Lisa, Russo Alessandra and Sanna Mario

Abstract

Objective:
To analyze the growth characteristics in patients assigned to wait and scan in vestibular schwannomas (VSs) during long-term follow-up.

Conclusion:
The wait-and-scan modality is ideal for management of VSs in the elderly population and also in younger patients with intrameatal tumors. Considering the fact that a large percentage of tumors do not require any form of treatment, the role of RT in VSs needs to be reinvestigated.