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Professor King and Mr Rutherford have had three articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the past month. This is work completed together with their co-authors, and advances our knowledge of rare and difficult to manage conditions.

 A summary of these publications is shown below:

  1. Progress of hearing loss in neurofibromatosis type 2: implications for future management

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print]

This study looked at hearing loss in patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2, a genetic condition leading to multiple benign tumours of the brain and spine, including vestibular schwannomas on both hearing nerves. Professor King and Mr Rutherford are core members of one of the largest clinics in the world looking after patients with this rare genetic disorder. In this study we have been able to characterise the hearing loss that occurs in this group of patients, thereby allowing more informed decision-making in this challenging group of patients.

     2.   Clinical and Radiological Guidance in Managing Facial Nerve Schwannomas

Otol Neurotol. 2014 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print]

In this study, we took a retrospective look at patients who had presented with a facial nerve schwannoma (a benign tumour of their facial nerve). This is a very rare tumour, but by analysing our experience of these tumours over the past 20 years, we have been able to formulate guidelines as to the optimum management of this group of patients.

    3.    Pediatric intracranial clear cell meningioma associated with a germline mutation of SMARCE1: a novel case.

Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print]

This paper describes the first ever case of a specific type of meningioma occurring as a consequence of a particular gene fault in a 14-year old girl. This tumour was successfully operated on in a two-stage procedure by Mr Rutherford.