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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 1947616, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1947616
Case Report

Acoustic Neuroma Mimicking Orofacial Pain: A Unique Case Report

1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PMNM Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
2Department of Orthodontics, PMNM Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
3Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PMNM Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot, Bagalkot District, India

Received 26 July 2016; Revised 19 October 2016; Accepted 14 November 2016

Academic Editor: Manish Gupta

Copyright © 2016 Praveenkumar Ramdurg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Acoustic neuroma (AN), also called vestibular schwannoma, is a tumor composed of Schwann cells that most frequently involve the vestibular division of the VII cranial nerve. The most common symptoms include orofacial pain, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, tinnitus, hearing loss, and imbalance that result from compression of cranial nerves V–IX. Symptoms of acoustic neuromas can mimic and present as temporomandibular disorder. Therefore, a thorough medical and dental history, radiographic evaluation, and properly conducted diagnostic testing are essential in differentiating odontogenic pain from pain that is nonodontogenic in nature. This article reports a rare case of a young pregnant female patient diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma located in the cerebellopontine angle that was originally treated for musculoskeletal temporomandibular joint disorder.