Microsurgical Approach to Acoustic Neurinomas

  • M. G. Yaşargil
  • R. D. Smith
  • J. C. Gasser
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 4)


The diagnostic and surgical problems of tumors of the cerebellopontine angle have fascinated neurologists, neurosurgeons, otologists and neuroradiologists for decades as evidenced by the great outpouring of papers and monographs on this subject. Of the tumors in this area, the acoustic neurinoma has a special significance in two respects;
  1. 1.

    It is the commonest tumor found in this area (65–70%).

  2. 2.

    The origin of the tumor is in the inner ear, an area generally considered in the speciality province of the otologists. It grows from here into the cerebellopontine angle, thereby coming into the speciality area of the neurosurgeons. It is no wonder that development of surgical technique should have interested both the otologist and the neurosurgeon.



Facial Nerve Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Cerebellopontine Angle Cochlear Nerve Superior Cerebellar Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Yaşargil
    • 1
  • R. D. Smith
    • 1
  • J. C. Gasser
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurosurgical ClinicUniversity of ZurichSwitzerland

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