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From: Barbara Ross
I am currently a neurology patient with a schwanoma tumor located inside the facial nerve. I also have the condition called vaso- vagal syncope which causes me to black out. I have had brain surgey three weeks ago to remove the tumor (ping-pong ball sized.) It was not removed because the neurologists felt an obligation to inform me that they were in fact removing a huge portion (and perhaps all) of the facial nerve. My preliminary expectations were to have had my balance and hearing nerve removed, but the facial nerve schwanoma was a surprise. I am searching for any information about the relationship of these two problems. I am still b;lacking out, so waiting to remove this tumor will not be an option if it is determined that the pressure of the tumor is ALSO causing the blackouts. This is not fun! I fully expect to solve this, even if it means facial disfiguration, but obviously that is life changing and I want to be fully informed. Can you please direct me to some accurate sources of information about the relationship of these two conditions? Do you have any illustrations that show the location of the vagus nerve in relationship to the facial nerve?
Thanks, Barbara Ross email@example.com