Quality of life, social function, emotion, and facial paresis in Dutch vestibular schwannoma patients

S.S.A.H. Blom*, H. Aarts*, C.C. Wever, H.P.M. Kunst, G.R. Semin*

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Objective(s) The present study aimed to replicate the finding that vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients with facial paresis experience lower health related quality of life (QoL) than those without facial paresis in a Dutch sample, and to extend these findings by measuring VS patients' overall satisfaction with life, social function, and emotion. Methods Forty-seven VS patients, differing in degree of facial functioning, half of them with and half of them without a facial paresis, answered questionnaires about health related QoL (SF-36 and PANQOL), overall satisfaction with life, fear of being evaluated negatively by others, social avoidance and distress, and characteristics and symptoms of depression. Results We observed that VS patients with facial paresis experience lower health-related QoL as well negatively impacted social function and emotion compared to VS patients without facial paresis. VS patients with facial paresis experienced lower overall satisfaction with life, more characteristic symptoms of depression, and more fear of being evaluated negatively by others than VS patients without facial paresis. Conclusion These findings corroborate previous research showing an association between impaired facial functioning and lower QoL, but also extend them by showing differences on the quality of social function and emotion. Being aware of this difference between VS patients with and without facial paresis informs health practitioners regarding the specific support these patients might need. Moreover, it is also relevant to consider the influence of a facial paresis on patients' life when deciding between treatment options and in case of surgery the type of resection. Level of evidence 3
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
JournalLaryngoscope investigative otolaryngology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • acoustic neuroma
  • emotional life
  • facial paresis
  • impact
  • paralysis
  • psychological distress
  • quality of life
  • social function
  • vestibular schwannoma

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