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February 1969

Early Diagnosis of: Acoustic Neurinomas

Author Affiliations

Chicago
From the Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School and Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):294-298. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020296012
Abstract

IF WE are truly concerned with the early diagnosis of tumors of the acoustic nerve it is obvious that I am addressing myself to the wrong audience. If these tumors are to be recognized before they become a large mass in the cerebellopontine angle we must direct our attention to educating the general public and the medical profession in general to the fact that the development of a unilateral impairment of hearing, especially when associated with unilateral tinnitus, is of the greatest importance and warrants a thorough investigation. The otological, neurological, and neurosurgical specialists are aware of the importance of such symptoms but as yet the general public and the medical profession generally are not. It is essential that a continuing campaign be launched which will alert people to the fact that unilateral impairment of hearing with tinnitus may indicate the presence of a tumor and that such tumors can

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