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Most acoustic neuromas grow slowly, taking years before they become large enough to cause symptoms. The average growth rate is 2 mm/year. A few acoustic neuromas do grow at a faster rate. At least 10% of all acoustic neuromas once found, do not show further growth. There is no way to tell the growth rate of any tumor except by periodic MRI scans.

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