Skull Base Conditions Treated

The Cranial Base Center is a collaborated effort of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, neuroradiologists, oral maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, nurses and skilled operating room staff. The participation of these specialists allow a multimodality approach incorporating conventional and minimally invasive surgical strategies along with endovascular interventional approaches and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, all with the ultimate goal of restoring or preserving neurological function. We continue to pursue innovative approaches in order to optimize outcome while minimizing complications.

The skull base includes structures of the anterior, middle, and posterior cranial fossa. These regions may be involved by disease processes arising intracranially, within the bone of the skull base itself, and extracranially. The center has extensive experience treating such conditions in both adults and children.

Benign Tumors

Acoustic neuromas
Angiofibromas
Cholesteatomas/Cholesterol granulomas
Chondromas
Craniopharyngiomas
Dermoids/Epidermoids
Fibrous dysplasia
Inflammatory pseudotumor
Inverting papilloma
Meningiomas
Neurofibromas
Neurilemmomas (Schwannomas)
Osteomas
Paragangliomas (glomus tumors)
Pituitary tumors

Malignant Tumors

Adenocarcinoma
Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Chondrosarcoma
Chordoma
Hemangiopericytoma
Malignant meningiomas
Metastatic cancer
Olfactory neuroblastoma (esthesioneuroblastoma)
Osteosarcoma
Rhabdomyosarcoma
Squamous cell carcinoma

Vascular Lesions

Angiomas
Aneurysms
Arteriovenous malformations
Carotid-cavernous sinus fistulae
Hemangiomas

Congenital Lesions

Basilar invaginations (Chiari malformations)
Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
Congenital cysts
Craniofacial malformations
Encephalocoeles
Meningocoeles

Trauma

Craniofacial fractures
Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
Optic nerve compression
Vascular injuries

Inflammatory Disease

Invasive fungal sinusitis
Osteomyelitis
Brain abscess
Recurrent meningitis