Pathology of the Vestibulocochlear Nerve

      Imaging of the vestibulocochlear nerve has evolved dramatically over the past few decades. The imaging specialist now is involved in the diagnosis of far more diagnostic entities than ever before. With this increased involvement comes the responsibility to increase collective knowledge regarding the pathophysiology of these diagnostic entities. This article is organized in a conventional way and covers congenital deformity of the internal auditory canal, neoplastic and pseudoneoplastic lesions, with special detailed emphasis on schwannoma of the eight cranial nerves (acoustic neuroma), nonneoplastic IAC/CPA pathology, including vascular loops, and numerous additional differential diagnostic entities, with particular emphasis on non-neoplastic meningeal disease. Lesions of the auditory pathway and an overview of cochlear implant surgery are also included in this discussion.

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