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Title: Acoustic neurinomas during pregnancy: Report of two cases and review of literature
Authors: Kachhara, R
Devi, CGC
Nair, S
Bhattacharya, RN
Radhakrishnan, VV
Keywords: Neurology
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: ACTA NEUROCHIRURGICA. 143; 6; 587-591
Abstract: Though infrequent, acoustic neurinomas have been described during pregnancy and represent a therapeutic challenge for excision without producing any problem for the mother and the foetus. First Author experienced two cases of acoustic neurinomas presenting during pregnancy. One patient presented in the terminal stages of the third trimester of pregnancy and underwent caesarean section, followed by retromastoid craniectomy and excision of the rumour. Operative management of the pregnancy and tumour in the same sitting has not been reported in the literature. Second patient who presented during 2nd trimester of pregnancy, was operated on for the tumour and had a successful continuance of pregnancy. Details of the management are discussed and the relevant literature reviewed. In addition to causing aggravation of symptoms, the larger size and increased vascularity of these rumours during pregnancy, makes them more vulnerable to acute bleeding, which in turn may initiate new or exacerbate pre-existing symptoms, as noted in one of the cases presented in this report.
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