Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a rare presentation of vestibular schwannoma. The authors present their experience with a 27-year-old woman who presented with normal hearing and HFS, which was the single neurological manifestation of an 18-mm vestibular schwannoma. In this challenging situation, the treatment goals were maximal tumor removal with preservation of hearing and facial nerve function and cure of the HFS. The authors achieved these goals, performing complete tumor removal via a retrosigmoid approach, assisted with neurophysiological monitoring and a 45°-angle QEVO endoscope. In the video, they explain the clinical, radiological, and surgical considerations and demonstrate the surgical technique.
The video can be found here: https://stream.cadmore.media/r10.3171/2021.7.FOCVID2099