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Facial Nerve Schwannoma Center

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The Facial Nerve Schwannoma Center offers a comprehensive multi-specialty approach and expertise in the management and treatment of facial nerve schwannomas.

These rare benign tumors originating from the facial nerve can have a variety of symptoms, including facial spasms, paralysis or palsy and hearing loss. They can often be confused with other tumors such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) or meningioma because of their location, or conditions such as Bell’s palsy because of their effect on facial movement. Our team understands the importance of maintaining (or improving) facial function, hearing, and balance when addressing facial nerve schwannomas.


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Meet Our Facial Nerve Schwannoma Specialists

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists from the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery's division of otology and neurotologyskull base tumor center, and division of facial plasticsthe Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery; the Department of Radiation Oncology; and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Our Services and Care Approach

Each person with a facial nerve schwannoma can experience different symptoms due to where and how fast the tumor grows, and other factors. Our team will work closely with you to develop a customized plan to control the tumor while preserving facial functions, hearing and balance. The treatment plan could start with observation or require prompt tumor removal because of its impact on hearing and facial movement. We also consider the timing of the treatments to maximize long-term outcomes.

Our experts have access to the full range of facial schwannoma management techniques, including:

  • Decompression or excision of tumor via microsurgery
  • Facial reanimation for facial paralysis
  • Facial nerve testing
  • Intraoperative hearing monitoring
  • Nerve grafting procedures
  • Observation
  • Optimization of hearing function
  • Prophylactic treatment to prevent deterioration of facial function
  • Radiosurgery
  • Skull base imaging

Our experts are highly experienced in all surgical approaches to the skull base to allow safe removal of tumors preserving other important functions such as hearing and balance.


Why Choose Johns Hopkins Facial Nerve Schwannoma Center

Multi-specialty Care

Specialists in neurotology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, neurology, oncology and rehabilitation provide well-rounded care for patients with facial nerve schwannomas.

Preservation of Hearing and Facial Function

Our experts aim to help you preserve hearing and facial function while removing or treating the tumor. 

Expertise in Complex Cases

We work in partnership with the Facial Nerve Center and the Division of Otology and Neurotology to address facial paralysis and hearing loss resulting from these tumors.


Facial Nerve Schwannoma | Q&A

Facial nerve schwannoma — rare, benign tumors that most commonly occur in a complex region between the ear and the brain. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene, M.D., and neurotologist Daniel Sun, M.D., discuss the diagnosis and treatment of facial nerve schwannomas. The tumors can affect hearing and balance, and can slowly cause facial weakness or paralysis. Kofi Boahene and Daniel Sun discuss their approach to treating facial nerve schwannomas, which includes early identification and intervention.

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