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The National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Acoustic Neuroma brought together neurosurgeons, radiosurgeons, otologists, neurologists, audiologists, otolaryngologists, and other health care professionals as well as the public to reach agreement (1) on the clinical types of acoustic neuroma, (2) on which procedures are useful for screening and diagnosis, (3) on the options available for managing the disorder as well as the complications of treatment, and (4) on the key clinical and biologic areas for future research. Following 2 days of presentations by experts and discussion by the audience, a consensus panel weighed the evidence and prepared its consensus statement.
Among its findings, the panel concluded that (1) treatment for vestibular schwannoma must be individualized and requires an experienced, well-integrated, multidisciplinary team approach; (2) surgery remains the treatment of choice, but research is needed on the relative benefits and risks of all management options, including pharmaceutical and other alternative
National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement on Acoustic Neuroma, December 11-13, 1991. Arch Neurol. 1994;51(2):201–207. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540140115021