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Acoustic neuroma arises from Schwann cells, which are the cells that are normally involved in the conduction of nervous impulses along axons, nerve development and regeneration. On microscopic histopathological analysis, acoustic neuroma may display two types of growth patterns Antoni type A and Antoni type B. Antoni type A growth pattern is composed of elongated cells with cytoplasmic process arranged in fascicles, little stromal matrix and verocay bodies. Antoni type B growth pattern is composed of loose meshwork of cells, less densely cellular matrix, microcysts and myxoid change.
- Acoustic neuromas are benign tumors (WHO grade 1), which usually arise from the intracanalicular segment of the vestibular portion of the vestibulocochlear nerve (CN VIII), near the transition point between glial and Schwann cells (Obersteiner-Redlich zone).
- An acoustic neuroma arises from a type of cell known as the Schwann cell.
- The eighth cranial nerve is separated into two branches:
- The cochlear branch, which transmits sound to the brain
- The vestibular branch, which transmits balance information to the brain
- Most acoustic neuromas occur on the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve.
- As these tumors are made up of Schwann cells, and usually occur on the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve, many physicians prefer the use of the term vestibular schwannoma. However, the term acoustic neuroma is still used more often in the medical literature.
- Acoustic neuromas are well circumscribed encapsulated masses, which unlike neuromas, arise from but are separate from nerve fibers, which they usually splay and displace rather than incorporated.dsfsdfsdf
- One the most knowable causes of acoustic neuroma is Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).
- Neurofibromatosis Type 2 is an autosomal dominant disease caused by loss of function mutations.
- Approximately 50% of reported NF2 cases represent new mutations for which no other affected family member can be identified.
- NF2 gene is on chromosome 22q12.2 that encodes a 595–amino acid protein named “moesin- ezrin-radixin–like protein,” otherwise known as “merlin” or “schwannomin.”
- Merlin protein linked with other proteins in cell and are involved in linking cytoskeletal components with the plasma membrane and are located in actin-rich surface projections such as microvilli, membrane surfaces, and cell contact regions.
- Dephosphorylated Merlin proteins are active and roll in the normal cell growth, phosphorylated Merlin ( synthesized due to a mutation in NF2 gene that causes to produce a truncated Merlin protein) inactivated and can not play normal roll in cell growth and causes increased cell growth.
- In 1920, Nils Ragnar Euge`ne Antoni (1887–1968), a Swedish neurologist and researcher described 2 distinct patterns of cellular architecture in the peripheral nerve sheath tumors, based his observations on analysis of 30 cases and described a “fibrillary, intensely polar, elongated appearing tissue type” which he called “tissue type A.” 
- These highly cellular regions were eventually referred to as Antoni A regions by later authors. 
- Antoni also described seemingly distinct loose microcystic tissue adjacent to the Antoni A regions, and these came to be known as Antoni B regions.
They can display two types of growth patterns:
- Antoni A
- Antoni B
- Loose meshwork of cells
- Less densely cellular
- Microcysts and myxoid change
- Photomicrograph of Antoni A tissue and Antoni B tissue within a schwannoma. The highly cellular Antoni A region on the right of the field is contrasted with the loosely organized hypocellular Antoni B region on left of the field (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification 400).
- Acoustic Schwannoma. Radiopedia(2015) http://radiopaedia.org/articles/acoustic-schwannoma Accessed on October 2 2015
- Wippold II, F.J (2007). "Neuropathology for the Neuroradiologist: Antoni A and Antoni B Tissue Patterns". AJNR Am J Neuroradiol.
- SUGHRUE, MICHAEL E. (2011). "Molecular biology of familial and sporadic vestibular schwannomas: implications for novel therapeutics". J Neurosurg. 114.