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author:("godden, JR")
1.  Setting the Standard – UK Neurosurgical Acoustic Neuroma Practice 
INTRODUCTION
The aim of this study was to determine how current practice in the UK and Ireland complies with the Clinical Effectiveness Guidelines for the Management of Acoustic Neuromas.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A survey of units and consultants using a standardised questionnaire was carried out.
RESULTS
Fifty-six neurosurgeons treat acoustic neuromas in 33 out of 34 units. In 27 units, one or two surgeons specialise in this area. Caseload per annum per surgeon ranged from 2 to 30, median 15. Forty-one neurosurgeons (75%) work with an ENT surgeon. All surgeons use facial nerve monitoring during surgery. All neurosurgeons informed patients about stereotactic radiosurgery, tending to recommend it for medically unfit patients, and those with small tumours.
CONCLUSIONS
Overall, 26 units (79%) and 40 surgeons (73%) met the criteria for good surgical practice. The main reasons for non-compliance were a lack of teamwork with ENT, and insufficient caseload to maintain surgical expertise.
doi:10.1308/003588406X114893
PMCID: PMC1964694  PMID: 17002857
Acoustic neuroma; Vestibular schwannoma; Practice guidelines; Surgery; Radiosurgery

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