Acoustic neuromas, which may also be referred to as vestibular schwannomas, are noncancerous (benign) tumors that occur on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Despite the fact that these tumors are not malignant, they can have serious impacts on a person’s abilities and overall quality of life – and, in some cases, they can result in deadly complications if they are misdiagnosed and left untreated.
Symptoms of Acoustic Neuromas
The specific symptoms associated with acoustic neuromas will depend on the size of the tumor, as well as the amount of pressure it is able to put on various nerves, blood vessels or brain structures. In general, however, acoustic neuroma symptoms can include:
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ear impacted by this tumor
- Balancing problems
- Paralysis or weakness affecting the face
- Vertigo or dizziness.
When people display any combination of these symptoms, doctors can definitively diagnose this condition by conducting hearing tests on patients (in order to assess the potential impacts to their hearing) and CT scans to see if a tumor is in fact present.
Misdiagnoses of Acoustic Neuromas: Potentially Deadly Complications
Unfortunately, not all cases of acoustic neuromas are properly diagnosed or promptly treated. In fact, some factors that can lead to misdiagnoses of this condition include when medical professionals:
- Fail to recognize the clear signs of acoustic neuromas and mistake these symptoms for other conditions
- Fail to conduct necessary CT scans and/or hearing tests
- Misread the results of CT scans or hearing tests.
When such mistakes happen and patients don’t get the essential treatments they need (like radiation and/or surgery), complications of acoustic neuromas can include:
- Irreversible hearing loss
- Permanent facial paralysis
- Permanent problems balancing
- Buildup of fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) in the skull, which can be life-threatening.
Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
If your or your loved one’s acoustic neuroma has been misdiagnosed and improperly treated, causing you or your loved one additional injuries, the Portland medical malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm want you to know that we are here for you. Since 1977, we have been devoted to:
- Advocating our clients’ rights
- Standing up to corporate lawyers and insurers both inside and outside of the courtroom
- Helping them hold negligent medical professionals responsible for their mistakes
- Providing them with the highest quality legal services so they are able to obtain the compensation and justice they deserve.
At the Savage Law Firm, we will work diligently to help our clients build the strongest possible cases, and we will not rest until injured patients are able to resolve their cases as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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