[Postoperative quality of life for patients with a vestibular schwannoma]

Barre, P; Merle, C; Conessa, C; Desgeorges, M; Poncet, JL; (2004) [Postoperative quality of life for patients with a vestibular schwannoma]. Annales d'oto-laryngologie et de chirurgie cervico faciale, 121 (2). pp. 83-94. ISSN 0003-438X

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OBJECTIVES: To determine the prognoses criteria of quality of life's impairment after vestibular schwannoma surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Our study includes retrospectively 104 consecutive patients operated between 1991 & 2000 of a vestibular schwannoma. Patients with bilateral tumors were not included, neither patients lost of follow-up. The french version of the Short Form-36 self assessment questionnaire was sent to all patients. RESULTS: The response rate was 68% (71 patients). The patients' postoperative quality of life was lower of the norm, especially for psychical dimensions. This impairing of health whatever age, tumor size, operative approach or follow-up time. Sex and 2nd surgery were the only factors associated with a lower score. Women had worse rating of physical functioning. CONCLUSION: To operate small tumors should not assume that the impact on patients'life would be necessary less than following the removal of larger tumors. Women should have particularly clear explications before surgery and while follow-up.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Tropical Epidemiology Group
PubMed ID: 15107734
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/11108


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