Vestibular schwannoma (VS) is a benign peripheral nerve sheath tumor involving the vestibulocochlear nerve. Affected patients typically experience a gradual emergence of episodic imbalance and unilateral hearing loss, tinnitus, and headache. Less often, VS may be associated with facial pain; ocular, otic, and taste disturbance; paresthesia of the tongue and face; and temporomandibular disorder-like presentations. There is limited information in the dental literature relating the myriad of oral and maxillofacial manifestations of VS. The objective of this article is to underscore the importance for dental clinicians to seek clinicopathologic correlations with VS-related symptomatology, potentially resulting in a timelier diagnosis and improved patient outcomes. To convey this clinical challenge, a detailed narrative of a 45-year-old patient with an 11-year delay in diagnosis has been reported. In addition, the typical radiographic appearance of an implanted cranial device placed following VS resection has been provided.
Schlagwörter: acoustic neuroma, case report, delay in diagnosis, head and neck, manifestations, vestibular schwannoma