Facial Nerve Outcomes After Vestibular Schwannoma Microsurgical Resection in Neurofibromatosis Type 2

Catherine Sobieski, Daniel E. Killeen, Samuel L. Barnett, Bruce E. Mickey, Jacob B. Hunter, Brandon Isaacson, Joe Walter Kutz

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Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate facial nerve outcomes after microsurgical resection in neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) compared to sporadic tumors. Study Design: Single institutional retrospective chart review. Setting: Tertiary referral center. Methods: All adult patients with NF2 vestibular schwannoma (VS) or sporadic VS who underwent microsurgical resection from 2008 to 2019 with preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 1 year of postsurgical follow-up were included. The primary outcome measure was postoperative House-Brackmann (HB) facial nerve score measured at first postoperative visit and after at least 10 months. Results: In total, 161 sporadic VSs and 14 NF2 VSs met inclusion criteria. Both median tumor diameter (NF2, 33.5 mm vs sporadic, 24 mm, P =.0011) and median tumor volume (NF2, 12.4 cm3 vs sporadic, 2.9 cm3, P =.0005) were significantly greater in patients with NF2. The median follow-up was 24.9 months (range, 12-130.1). Median facial nerve function after 1 year for patients with NF2 was HB 3 (range, 1-6) compared to HB 1 (range, 1-6) for sporadic VS (P =.001). With multivariate logistic regression, NF2 tumors (odds ratio [OR] = 13.9, P =.001) and tumor volume ≥3 cm3 (OR = 3.6, P =.025) were significantly associated with HB ≥3 when controlling for age, sex, extent of tumor resection, translabyrinthine approach, and prior radiation. Conclusion: Tumor volume >3 cm3 and NF2 tumors are associated with poorer facial nerve outcomes 1 year following microsurgical resection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-858
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • NF2
  • facial nerve
  • surgery
  • vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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