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Christopher H. Comey, Mark R. McLaughlin, Hae Dong Jho, A. Julio Martinez, and L. Dade Lunsford

✓ Malignant vestibular nerve tumors are rare: to date, only three cases have been reported in the literature. The authors report a case of an eighth cranial nerve tumor that progressed 5 years after stereotactic radiosurgery. The patient was a 44-year-old man who underwent stereotactic radiosurgery for a 27-mm cerebellopontine angle tumor that was discovered on investigation of tinnitus and hearing loss. He developed facial weakness after 5 years, and repeated imaging revealed tumor enlargement. Despite complete microsurgical excision, the tumor rapidly recurred locally and subsequently disseminated within the neuraxis. The patient died 1 year after tumor progression was detected.

Histopathological analysis revealed a malignant spindle cell neoplasm with frequent mitotic figures. The presence of positive rhabdoid elements on immunohistochemical studies confirmed that it was a triton tumor. The authors review the relevant literature concerning the classification and management of malignant vestibular nerve tumors and discuss the implications of tumor progression after stereotactic radiosurgery.