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Stereotactic radiosurgery for vestibular schwannomas

Authors Braunstein S, Ma L

Received 26 March 2018

Accepted for publication 18 June 2018

Published 20 September 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 3733—3740

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S140764

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Amy Norman

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Kenan Onel


Steve Braunstein, Lijun Ma

Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA


Abstract: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) maintains an important role in managing vestibular schwannoma (VS). Long-term clinical data have clearly established the safety and efficacy of the procedure for managing Koos low grade to intermediate grade VS. Historically, the procedure was developed via a multidisciplinary approach that involves physicians (eg, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists) as well as clinical specialists (eg, radiation physicists). In this paper, we have reviewed current technical and clinical practices of SRS for VS from a procedural specialist’s perspective and from a clinician’s perspective.

Keywords: acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma, radiosurgery, gamma knife

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