Relative value of diagnostic tests for small acoustic neuromas

Samuel C Levine, P. J. Antonelli, Chap T Le, Stephen J Haines

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Auditory brainstem response is now widely employed as a screening test for acoustic neuromas because it is equally sensitive when standardized against computed tomography. We have detected eight small (<10 mm) acoustic neuromas using gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. In three of these cases, the auditory brainstem response was falsely negative. In contrast, 19 patients with larger tumors (≥10 mm) were found to have no false negative auditory brainstem responses. Auditory brainstem response appears to be less sensitive for detecting small, symptomatic acoustic neuromas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Otology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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