When it comes to tumors of the skull base, there are many types. We treat all of them, including:
The symptoms are completely dependent on the size and location of the tumor.
They range greatly from small periodic changes, such as headaches, dizziness or hearing changes.
Symptoms can also be more severe, including:
- Complete loss of vision and/or hearing
- Facial paralysis
- Diminished cognitive function
If your symptoms are staying the same or worsening, consult our physicians for an evaluation.
Only a thorough exam and diagnostic tests performed by a physician can determine whether the cause of the symptoms is a tumor.
Diagnosis of skull base tumors requires a careful history along with a physical examination and diagnostic tests.
Diagnostic tests may include a CT and/or MRI, which can help determine the extent of the tumor.
Tests of your hearing and balance may also be conducted.
The skull base surgery team at UC Irvine Health uses minimally invasive approaches for certain skull base tumors including:
- Endoscopic approaches
- Computer-based image guidance
- Lasers for tumor removal
- Ultrasound removal of bone and tumors
- Intra-operative MRI when indicated
Other types of tumors, sizes of tumors, or their location dictates a more invasive surgery.
Further treatment can include radiation therapy and or stereotactic radiosurgery.