What is a skull base tumor?

A skull base tumor can be benign or malignant and grows on the underside of the brain, the base of the skull or the upper vertebrae.

Skull base tumors, regardless of whether they are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), develop on the underside of the brain, the base of the skull or the upper vertebrae. They are not a different type of tumors and are only defined by the places they tend to form in. Because they can cause various problems, skull base tumors sometimes need to be surgically removed.

There is a minimally invasive procedure through which this is achieved – the surgeon removes the tumor through the mouth, nose or through incisions above the eyes or behind the ear. Finally, there are numerous types of tumors which can appear in the above-mentioned places, such as meningioma, pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngioma, acoustic neuroma, chondroma, giant cell tumor, neurofibroma, and osteoma.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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