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Re: Vaso-vagal response

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

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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