Relief of hemifacial spasm after radiosurgery for intracanalicular vestibular Schwannoma

Peker S., Ozduman K., Kilic T., Pamir M.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE NEUROSURGERY, vol.47, no.4, pp.235-237, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1055/s-2004-818485
  • Page Numbers: pp.235-237


Secondary hemifacial spasm due to vestibular schwannoma is very rare. This is the first reported case of hemifacial spasm responsive to gamma knife radiosurgery in a patient with an intracanalicular vestibular schwannoma. Both the resolution of the spasm as well as tumor growth control were achieved with a single session of gamma knife radiosurgery. We report a 49-year-old male patient with a 6-month history of right-sided hearing loss and hemifacial spasm. MR examination revealed an intracanalicular vestibular schwannoma. The patient was treated with radiosurgery and received 13 Gy to the 50% isodose line. Tumor growth control was achieved and no change in the tumor volume was present at the last follow-up at 22 months. The hemifacial spasm completely resolved after one year. Surgical removal of the presumably causative mass lesion has been reported to be the sole treatment in secondary hemifacial spasm. This case report indicates that it may be responsive to gamma knife radiosurgery. Whether or not this might be a treatment option in selected refractory cases of hemifacial spasm remains to be defined.