Skull Base Pathology
Managing Skull Base Tumors
The base of the skull is a highly complex structure, where delicate nerves, blood vessels and sensitive brain structures are situated deep under the brain with a thick bony covering. Tumors in this region often involve these critical structures and are challenging to manage. They may also involve different compartments of the head, such as the nasal passages, the middle and inner ear or the eye and orbit.
Many factors are considered when treating skull base tumors. The exact location, expected type of tumor, growth rate, degree of invasiveness, prior operations and other treatments as well as underlying medical conditions all play a role in deciding what the best treatment for an individual patient is. Treatment options may include Open or Endoscopic Surgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (CyberKnife), Chemotherapy, Observation or a combination of all of these.
Since these tumors may involve different compartments of the head, often a Neurosurgeon will team up with other relevant specialists in deciding which treatment is indicated or to help during surgery. These specialists include:
Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics
- Neck (Cervical)
- Lower Back (Lumbar)