Forty-seven acoustic neurinoma tumours have been operated on in 46 patients in the years 1987-1989. This is a considerable increase over the prevalence in the preceding ten years. Twenty-six were classified as large tumours, 18 as medium and one was small. Surgical excision was complete in 16 and incomplete in 31 cases. Two patients died in the early postoperative period. Facial nerve function was preserved in 36 (80%) of cases; of these 27 (60%) had good function and nine (20%) fair function. Useful hearing was prevented in only two patients. The overall complication rate has been low and often of a transitory nature.