Gross-total versus near-total resection of large vestibular schwannomas. An institutional experience

Vol. 61 No. 2, 2020


Adrian Florian Balasa, Corina Ionela Hurghis, Flaviu Tamas, Georgiana Mihaela Serban, Attila Kovecsi, Ioan Alexandru Florian, Rares Chinezu

Objective: We will report our experience of the surgical treatment of large vestibular schwannomas (VSs). Patients, Materials and Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of patients operated on for Koos grade IV VS between 2007 and 2015 at the Department of Neurosurgery, Emergency County Hospital, Targu Mures, Romania. We studied the general preoperatory clinical data, the preoperative and postoperative facial nerve status, preoperative hearing on the affected side, and any postoperative complications, including death. Results: Sixty-six cases were included in our study. The mean age was 52.95 years and 66.7% (n=44) of the sample were female. All patients had suffered from tinnitus and this had been followed by loss of serviceable hearing on the affected side in 89.4% (n=59) of cases. Preoperative facial palsy was found in 53% (n=35) of patients. The mean tumor size was 40.35 mm. Gross-total resection (GTR) was achieved in 24 (36.36%) cases, while near-total resection (NTR) was obtained in 42 (63.64%) cases. New-onset facial palsy or degradation of the preoperative facial deficit occurred in 12 (18.18%) cases, most of whom were patients with a GTR (n=9, 37.5%). This was statistically significant. There were no significant postoperative differences between the GTR and NTR groups. There was one death in the GTR group. Conclusions: We conclude that near-total tumor removal provides good surgical results and better postsurgical quality of life for patients when compared to gross-total tumor resection. Therefore, this should be the end goal of the resection of large VSs.

Corresponding author: Adrian Florian Balasa, Lecturer, MD, PhD; e-mail:

DOI: 10.47162/RJME.61.2.18 Download PDF
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