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Acoustic neuroma was first described by Eduard Sandifort , a professor of anatomy in the Netherlands, in 1777. Bilateral acoustic neuroma was first described by Wishart in 1822. He described a patient who became progressively deaf, blind, with uncontrollable vomiting, headaches, and facial jerking. He died at 21 years of age. Sir Charles Bell provided the first known report of a case of Meckel cave neuroma in 1833, demonstrating the relationship of the tumor to the cerebellopontine angle. Sir Charles Ballance successfully removed an acoustic neuroma in 1894, although the patient had right side facial paralysis and trigeminal anesthesia. Since then, tremendous efforts of many surgeons have been continuing to provide surgical approaches to improve outcomes of treatments and decrease side effects of interventions.

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